American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Employed only part-time when one needs and desires full-time employment.
- adj. Inadequately employed, especially employed at a low-paying job that requires less skill or training than one possesses.
- adj. Not fully or adequately used or employed.
- n. Underemployed persons considered as a group. Used with the.
- adj. Employed in a job for which one is overqualified; or employed in a job that does not pay as much as one wants or expects.
- adj. employed only part-time when one needs full-time employment or not making full use of your skills
- under- + employed. (Wiktionary)
“We are seeing more clients that have what we call underemployed, where they may be holding multiple jobs to make ends meet or maybe that they are not getting a full 40 hours a week, so they are looking for something better.”
“We're seeing more clients that have -- what we call underemployed, where they may be holding multiple jobs to make ends meet.”
“I see a lot of that in underemployed poorly educated white trash ….”
“As someone who has had direct experience with layoffs, I can tell you for sure that being slightly underemployed is WAY better than being unemployed.”
“Worse still, is the level of the "underemployed" -- those who are working at McDonald's but hoping to replace that job they had at a company that paid their mortgage and car payments, that are now being paid out of savings erosion.”
“Adding people who are working part-time but would prefer full-time jobs, nearly 27 million are "underemployed" - 17.1 percent of American adults, up from 16.7 percent in August and close to a record.”
“Adding those people plus others who are working part time but would prefer full-time jobs, nearly 27 million are "underemployed" - 17.1 percent of American adults, up from 16.7 percent in August and close to a record.”
“Taylor has joined the burgeoning ranks of the "underemployed" - the 8.9 million Americans who would prefer full-time jobs but must make do with part-time work.”
“Durham said the July figure also doesn't account for what he terms the "underemployed" - those people who have been laid off but found a replacement job that pays less, or workers facing layoff who opted for retirement.”
“HUNTINGTON: Bernstein points out that the percentage of so - called underemployed American workers is the highest in more than seven years, above 10 percent.”
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