un·em·ployed | \ ˌən-im-ˈplȯid \

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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However, ten percent of them are employed in low-skilled jobs, and 2 percent of them are unemployed. Ita Tsai, chicagotribune.com, "Internationally educated nurses to help with the US nursing shortage," 13 July 2018 French legend Zidane, who played with Beckham in Spain, is unemployed after abruptly stepping down as Real Madrid coach four days after leading the team to a third consecutive Champions League trophy. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Beckham's Miami MLS team 'really close' to announcing name, GM, colors," 27 June 2018 Bachelor’s degree holders were unemployed at 2.5 percent and earned and $1,173 weekly, on average. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "Costs of starting and not finishing college are high," 23 June 2018 Dinkelacker noted that Riggins was unemployed and has previously served time in prison for drug and gun convictions. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "50-year sentence for 'unspeakable' murder of father-to-be," 2 Feb. 2018 Proves that a simple story – poor, unemployed, very young grandmother tries to raise her daughter’s daughter in a low-rent motel room in the shadow of Disney World – can be effective. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 Shanifinne Ball is unemployed and cares for her elderly uncle in a trendy, fast-changing part of the US capital. The Christian Science Monitor, "Washington D.C. sued for putting 'creative class' above minority communities," 28 June 2018 The 12-week program, which helps unemployed and underemployed adults transition into food service careers, is just one of the many job-training options available to Fatherhood Project participants. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Helping me do better for my daughters': State pilot program offers education, job training for young fathers," 15 June 2018 On top of that, millions of people are either unemployed or work full time but want to moonlight for extra income. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finding blue-collar gig jobs at the tap of an app with Wonolo," 8 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of unemployed

: having no job : not employed unemployed workers

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