un·​der·​em·​ployed | \ ˌən-dər-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce underemployed (audio) \

Definition of underemployed

: having less than full-time, regular, or adequate employment

Examples of underemployed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hiring event will offer jobs to those that are underemployed and AARP will assist senior citizens looking to reenter the workforce. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Councilman holding job fair at Atlanta City Hall," 1 Nov. 2019 WorkOne is Indiana’s branch designed to help those who are unemployed or underemployed. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "Worried about contracting coronavirus when you return to work? Here's what you should know," 13 May 2020 Black people are poorer, more likely to be underemployed, condemned to substandard housing, and given inferior health care because of their race. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Black Plague," 16 Apr. 2020 Engineers had only a 29% probability of being underemployed, the best outcome for any major, Burning Glass said. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Some 43% of College Grads Are Underemployed in First Job," 26 Oct. 2018 Opting to be underemployed isn't uncommon for highly skilled medical professionals who arrive in the US mid-career, Krause-Vilmar said. Natasha Chen, CNN, "These immigrant doctors want to help the US fight coronavirus, but they're stuck on the sidelines," 30 Mar. 2020 Gasoline there remains among the cheapest in the world, in part to help keep costs low for its underemployed, who often drive taxis to make ends meet. BostonGlobe.com, "Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.," 3 Dec. 2019 According to a recent report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank and related by Jack Kelly in Forbes, college graduates with a B.A. are more likely to be underemployed than the population as a whole. Erin Valdez, National Review, "No, You Don’t ‘Have to Go to College to Become a Welder’," 2 Dec. 2019 In the event, the police stationed at every polling station were thankfully underemployed. The Economist, "Voters in Hong Kong deliver a powerful snub to Beijing," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of underemployed

1908, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2020

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“Underemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployed. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underemployed

: having a job that does not use your skills

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