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

Definition of unemployed

: not employed:
a : not being used
b : not engaged in a gainful occupation
c : not invested

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Other Words from unemployed

unemployed noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unemployed




employed, working

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Examples of unemployed in a Sentence

the plant closings left a significant portion of the town's population unemployed

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Young refugees from the City Heights Coffee House — a nonprofit cafe that hires and trains unemployed young adults from the community — will serve coffee and share their stories. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: On World Refugee Day, an SDSU gallery asks us to exhibit our humanity," 19 June 2019 France’s unemployed now get, on average, over 1,000 euros ($1,118) per month — an amount that can reach a maximum of 6,200 euros ($6,936) for two consecutive years. BostonGlobe.com, "Local consumer group warns of the dangers of popular summer toys," 19 June 2019 The government will hire an additional 1,000 people to help the unemployed find work, Labor Minister Muriel Pénicaud said. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Macron Reboots French Economic Overhaul as Yellow-Vest Protests Fade," 18 June 2019 Despite low rankings on health, Colorado scored well on children’s economic well-being as the number living in poverty or with unemployed parents fell. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Kids Count report shows more child deaths in Colorado despite other improvements," 17 June 2019 Finland gave residents free money and preliminary results show that a cash stipend for 2,000 unemployed citizens increased participants' overall wellbeing and reduced stress levels. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "125 residents of this city got hundreds a month in free money -- here's what happened," 14 June 2019 The restaurant provides hospitality training to unemployed young adults, and also funds a free community school and a health program. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 What purchase could a substantially unemployed population have on the direction of the country? Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Men, women, and children while away long hours of unemployed boredom sitting on the ground inside or outside their shelters. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of unemployed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unemployed

: having no job : not employed


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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