un·​der·​em·​ploy·​ment | \ ˌən-dər-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce underemployment (audio) \

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

Examples of underemployment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, our blood banks reached near-empty levels, and underemployment forced several thousands to wait in line at North Texas Food Bank distributions. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Job loss is strongly correlated with suicide, while underemployment and job insecurity are linked to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and family problems. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 At the same time, high levels of unemployment and underemployment, coupled with rising demands for action on a host of social problems, have increased public support for government intervention. Don Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 The pilot programs will take place in Northeast Hartford and Frog Hollow, two sections of the city with high concentrations of underemployment and poverty. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, 8 Mar. 2021 Why individually invest in a firm, for example, if underemployment, deflation or inflation, or other features of the macro-environment make future sales uncertain? Robert Hockett, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 The latter group — post-Keynesians, neo-Marxists, MMT adherents, etc. — sees chronic underemployment as a fundamental feature of market economies. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 11 Dec. 2020 The city ranked 170th for financial safety after measuring things like unemployment rate, underemployment and job security. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Dec. 2020 Gen Z is facing disproportionately high levels of unemployment and underemployment, with education, careers, and families disrupted by COVID-19 and the ensuing economic catastrophe. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of underemployment

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Underemployment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployment. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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