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 Within China, the restrictions have left many unemployed or underemployed, and led consumers to tighten their belts. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Studies show that adults with developmental disabilities are disproportionately unemployed or underemployed. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2022 There is another benefit — the hiring of military spouses (reported to be 22 percent underemployed compared to their civilian counterparts) and veterans with military base access to deliver the groceries. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 To be clear, the revolutionary instincts of today's pseudonymous bloggers, underemployed graduate students, and freelance journalists have limited appeal at the moment. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 22 Apr. 2022 This most dangerous class comes from the growing number of underemployed, overeducated people. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 By starting a business, immigrants avoid a problem Feltman sees regularly: being underemployed because their skills or credentials from their native countries aren’t recognized here. courant.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Because of industries that have closed in Northeast Ohio, Bartlett said there’s many skilled workers who are underemployed that are qualified for the shipyard jobs. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2022 Her mother supported her all the way, never letting on if money was tight for a single parent who was a dentist in Honduras but is underemployed here, in a medical assistant job. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underemployed

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Underemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployed. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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