Definition of underemployment
1 : the condition in which people in a labor force are employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs
2 : the condition of being underemployed
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Yellen, for her part, hasn't ridiculed the unemployment rate, but highlights underemployment as a key gauge.
Yellen, for her part, hasn’t ridiculed the unemployment rate, but highlights underemployment as a key gauge.
This month, the New York Times reported that unemployment and underemployment now stands at 17.5%, the highest level since the Great Depression.
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