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

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The six-week program is fully subsidized for unemployed and underemployed women. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "These women are turning to welding for a financial spark," 6 June 2019 Nearly 43% of recent college graduates are underemployed — that is, working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 2018 From their phones and screens, unemployed and underemployed young Saudis consume the West’s blandishments, as well as the sermons of jihadist preachers and the enticements of global terrorists. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 The government should also support training programs to help the unemployed and underemployed acquire the skills necessary to produce the high-tech products that the U.S. exports. Larry Harris, WSJ, "A Strong Dollar Is Good for America," 18 Nov. 2018 What does that say for someone who’s on housing assistance, or chronically underemployed? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities," 31 July 2018 Despite the existence of career centers, though, a notable number of college students still wind up unemployed (almost 6 percent in 2016) or underemployed (almost 13 percent in 2016) upon graduating. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "Why Aren't College Students Using Career Services?," 20 Jan. 2018 The tapping of workers in typically underemployed groups may also help explain why wage growth proved to be slower than expected in April, with the average hourly wages rising just 0.1% during the month. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Unemployment Is Its Lowest in 17 Years. Here's Why That's Great for the Disabled and Ex-Cons," 4 May 2018 Even 10 years later, the job outlook doesn’t improve: Seventy-four percent remain underemployed. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "How the Great Recession changed the job market forever for college grads," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of underemployed

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underemployed

: having a job that does not use your skills

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