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1(of a person) without a paid job but available to work:‘I was unemployed for three months’‘a training programme for the long-term unemployed’
jobless, out of work, out of a job, not working, between jobs, workless, unwaged, unoccupied, idleredundant, laid off, sacked, dismissedon benefitsigning onon welfare, collecting unemploymenton the dolerestingon the wallaby trackView synonyms
- ‘In those days, crime was at a very low level, and the Minister knew every unemployed person by name.’
- ‘Poor and unemployed people of all origins, clustered around District Six, participated.’
- ‘Unless you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week you may have to pay for advice.’
- ‘There will also be money available for marketing and wage subsidies for firms hiring unemployed people.’
- ‘An unemployed person can claim income support to live on and apply for help paying rent and council tax.’
- ‘This is a regime which rules through military courts, while between six and ten million people are unemployed.’
- ‘The patient and the unemployed person are better described as beneficiaries of the service.’
- ‘Nearly one in ten people are unemployed in Germany, with almost one in five in the east.’
- ‘A lot of unemployed people come to the centre trying to get computer skills to improve their chances of getting a job.’
- ‘The courses are free for unemployed people, while wage earners pay a small fee.’
- ‘When I started my site I was unemployed or temping as a secretarial assistant in London.’
- ‘It also hopes to get at least six unemployed people back into work.’
- ‘Young mums and unemployed people, as well as the elderly have complained they are not able to afford the new charges.’
- ‘Many people are not aware of their full rights and entitlements as unemployed people.’
- ‘We have businesses who need skilled employees and unemployed people who need work.’
- ‘Once he took part in a large demonstration of unemployed people in Battersea.’
- ‘He is already repaying a loan he took and he was unemployed for eight months in 2004.’
- ‘Millions of young, often well educated people are unemployed and face a bleak future.’
- ‘He was unemployed for three months and has now found a new job, but on a lot less money.’
- ‘There is also the growing underclass of young unemployed people who have little prospect of moving upwards.’
- 1.1 (of a thing) not in use:‘you have to put your left foot under the clutch when it is unemployed’not in use, out of use, not operating, not working, inactive, out of action, inoperative, non-functioning, out of service, unused, unoccupiedView synonyms
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