Definitions

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  • n. A period of unemployment spent pursuing recreational activities or hobbies.

Etymologies

Blend of fun and unemployment. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In this recession, the term funemployment has gained some currency among single 20-somethings, prompting a small raft of youth-culture stories in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Weekly, on Gawker, and in other venues.

    How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America

  • CONAN: But you also write about a phenomenon called funemployment, that this is becoming so standard among young people that it's no longer the stain it used to be.

    NPR Topics: News

  • After all, if you have no income except piddlin' "funemployment" checks, and the banks or the loan companies take your house and most or all of your stuff - do you really care about what just doing a dump-and-run does to your credit rating?

    Comments for Daily Pundit

  • While it is an entirely different situation for those who are supporting families with their jobless benefits, the phrase "funemployment" is increasingly heard regarding the condition of much younger workers or, in this case, would-be workers.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • The actual spin comes chiefly from the media itself, pushing stories about "funemployment," how recessions/depressions are

    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Severance and buyouts make "funemployment" for laid-off 20-somethings.

    The Morning News

  • The stimulus was a complete failure, healthcare is a freaken joke that the more you know about it the more you hate it and 63% of the population want it repealed; the credit card bill did more for banks than consumers, china is playing us for fools, 2 years unemployment benefits are now referred to as "funemployment", balancing the budget is a joke as congress is afraid to even present a budget before the midterm elections, bringing the troops back from iraq is a joke as obama has tripled the troops in afghanistan.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • I don't put much faith in the unemployment numbers as an indicator as I know several people who are laid off but are not actively looking for work – either enjoying the funemployment or as many are doing – going back to school.

    Obama calls job numbers 'very encouraging'

  • A little entrepreneurial zeal can rebrand a person; a form of funemployment can convert into a promising enterprise.

    Josh Burstein: The Generation in the Bubble

  • As frivolous as it sounds, funemployment is a statement about American society.

    For the 'funemployed,' unemployment is welcome

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  • Excellent post John.

    June 4, 2009

  • see also funemployed

    June 4, 2009

  • Funemployment. Paycation. The Unemploymentality. Every generation has an argot to describe the confusing terrain of joblessness — the dole, deadbeat dads, UB40, and so on — and the lexicon of younger casualties in the most severe American economic downturn since World War II speaks volumes.

    Here's how the blog Recessionwire defines “funemployment”: “A period of joblessness that you actually enjoy — maybe you get to lay out, sleep in, work out, read up. It helps to have savings, severance, or an unemployment check to help pay the bills. We're hearing this word used more and more, especially as people realize they may not be able to find a new job right away, so they might as well try to enjoy the time off.”

    SFWeekly.com, Funemployment: Jobless young San Franciscans are welcoming the worst recession of their lives with open arms. Too bad the party can't last forever., by Peter Jamison, June 2, 2010

    June 4, 2009