un·​em·​ployed | \ ˌən-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce unemployed (audio) \

Definition of unemployed

: not employed:
a : not being used unemployed machines
b : not engaged in a gainful occupation an unemployed teacher seeking work 15% of the workforce was unemployed.
c : not invested unemployed capital

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unemployed noun

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Examples of unemployed in a Sentence

the plant closings left a significant portion of the town's population unemployed
Recent Examples on the Web Six-year-old Moonee lives with her unemployed mother at a budget motel trying to stave off homelessness. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 May 2022 The findings also correspond with other studies that found women with unemployed husbands still did considerably more housework than their husbands. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 There are almost two job openings for every unemployed American, which is giving workers more leverage with employers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 30 Apr. 2022 The neighbor is 41, unemployed and spends all of his time smoking pot and playing video games. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 The neighbor is 41, unemployed and spends all of his time smoking pot and playing video games. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 Another wrinkle is Pepper's unemployed status resulting from her resignation and how that could affect her treatment for medical conditions while incarcerated. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Lindon won the Best Actor prize back in 2015 for his role as a long-term unemployed man in La Loi du marché (The Measure of a Man), directed by Stéphane Brizé. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 And there is a record proportion of 1.7 job openings for every unemployed American. Matt Ott, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unemployed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployed. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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un·​em·​ployed | \ ˌən-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce unemployed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unemployed

: having no job : not employed unemployed workers

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