Meaning of “unemployed” in the English Dictionary

"unemployed" in British English

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uk /ˌʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪd/ us /ˌʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪd/

B1 not having a job that provides money:

He's been unemployed for over a year.

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  • Being unemployed entitles you to free medical treatment.
  • With Dave unemployed, we haven't got much money coming in at the moment.
  • His financial problems escalated after he became unemployed.
  • The gunman in Wednesday's attack has been identified as Lee Giggs, an unemployed truck driver.
  • The government publishes figures every six months showing how many people are unemployed.

unemployednoun [ plural ]

uk /ˌʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪd/ us /ˌʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪd/

C1 people who do not have a job that provides money:

There are now over four million unemployed in this country.
Our department provides services for the unemployed.

(Definition of “unemployed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unemployed" in American English

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unemployedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌʌn·ɪmˈplɔɪd/

not having a job that provides money:

an unemployed actor
plural noun us /ˌʌn·ɪmˈplɔɪd/

At that time, the unemployed numbered over two million people.

(Definition of “unemployed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unemployed" in Business English

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uk /ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd/ us ECONOMICS, HR

someone who is unemployed does not have a job:

Only 2.3% of the survey sample were unemployed and seeking work.
Unemployment figures include only those who are officially registered as unemployed.
The portion of the jobless who had been unemployed for more than six months was 21.6% in June, not much changed from June last year.
unemployed people/workers We should be focussing more efforts on labour-market issues such as getting unemployed people back to work.

the unemployednoun [ plural ]


people who do not have jobs, considered as a group:

Government programs for the unemployed will place new emphasis on training, education, and relocation assistance.
According to Labor Department statistics, nearly a half million people joined the ranks of the unemployed in November.

(Definition of “unemployed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)