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 Combating youth underemployment and unemployment by imparting critical skills for a tech-forward workforce will also allow young people to become leaders and change agents who can keep communities healthy and combat the globe’s greatest issues. Myagro, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The good news is that underemployment has fallen just as fast as the standard benchmark over the past two years. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 May 2022 During the Great Recession, when Oregon unemployment was running around 10%, the U-6 underemployment rate was roughly double that. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 May 2022 High unemployment and underemployment, anxiety and depression, and access to health care and mental health services are some of the primary concerns currently faced by the autistic community. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 Still, where the government’s fiscal priorities, based on the recent Union Budgets, have continued to miss the mark is on tackling the nation’s challenge of underemployment. Deepanshu Mohan, Quartz, 24 Jan. 2022 The construction trades program is meant to target underemployment and help the construction industry fill a need for skilled workers. Rachel Berry, The Enquirer, 16 Dec. 2021 Americans are facing the reality that layoffs, downsizing, unemployment and underemployment have become a way of life as a result of the current worldwide pandemic. courant.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Even in normal times, military spouses have higher levels of unemployment or underemployment than civilian populations, citing factors like job scarcity near military bases and frequent moves. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 23 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underemployment

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jul 2022

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“Underemployment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployment. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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