I. unemployed un‧em‧ployed 1 [ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd◂] adjective
without a job:

• I have been unemployed for two years.

• an unemployed accountant

  [m0] II. unemployed unemployed 2 noun [plural]
the unemployed people without jobs:

• She may soon be joining the ranks of the unemployed (= lose her job ) .

• The £230 million jobs package was aimed at helping the long-term unemployed (= people who have not had a job for a long time ) .

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unemployed UK US /ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd/ adjective 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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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