un·​em·​ployed ˌən-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce unemployed (audio)
: not employed:
: not being used
unemployed machines
: not engaged in a gainful occupation
an unemployed teacher seeking work
15% of the workforce was unemployed.
: not invested
unemployed capital
unemployed noun

Examples of unemployed in a Sentence

the plant closings left a significant portion of the town's population unemployed
Recent Examples on the Web When did Tucker go missing? Tucker, who police say was unemployed and did not have a permanent address, was last seen by her adult son on May 22 when their car broke down on Interstate 10 between Verrado Way and Watson Road, according to police. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 At that time a year ago, the unemployment rate was at 3.6% and 6 million people were unemployed. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 8 July 2024 Consider: An unemployed 37-year-old science teacher repeatedly brings gifts to young boys. Pat Beall, Orlando Sentinel, 7 July 2024 Now, at twenty, Margo is alone with an infant, unemployed, and on the verge of eviction. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for unemployed 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unemployed was in the 15th century

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“Unemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployed. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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un·​em·​ployed ˌən-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce unemployed (audio)
: not being used
unemployed tools
: not employed : having no job
unemployed workers
unemployed noun

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