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 Statistically people with disabilities are historically under-employed or unemployed. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2023 What’s more, Black women also have the highest labor force participation rate of all women according to 2021 data from the Department of Labor—meaning a higher share of Black women are either employed or unemployed and looking for work. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 19 Sep. 2023 And with more than 21 percent of young people unemployed, the prospect of social unrest looms. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 Nearly 40 percent of people between 15 and 24 are unemployed, according to the World Bank. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 More than six million Americans are unemployed right now. Brad Mislow, CBS News, 10 Sep. 2023 Working at home or being unemployed during the pandemic, neophyte investors opened brokerage accounts and got caught up in endless online hype around certain stocks. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 The country is the fourth-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, but 34% of its citizens live below the poverty line and nearly 40% of young Gabonese are unemployed, according to World Bank figures. Sira Thierij, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2023 Similarly, Scott Pilgrim in the anime series is still the Scott Pilgrim fans will recognize: an unemployed indie musician whose life gets complicated after falling for Ramona Flowers. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2023.

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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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