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underemployed

[uhn-der-em-ploid] /ˌʌn dər ɛmˈplɔɪd/
adjective
1.
employed at a job that does not fully use one's skills or abilities.
2.
employed only part-time when one is available for full-time work.
3.
not utilized fully.
noun
4.
underemployed workers collectively.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; under- + employ + -ed2
Related forms
underemployment, noun
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  • Our workforce, though terribly underemployed, remains highly productive.
  • Of course, for some people--especially the unemployed and underemployed--simply cutting back won't be enough.
  • They were intelligent and sophisticated, but they were often underemployed.
  • Others see it as faltering, with too many people unemployed or underemployed and the president not doing enough to fix it.
  • The unemployed or underemployed lose such skills as they have acquired and become chronically superfluous to the economy.
  • He is now underemployed at a desk job outside academe, but continues to look for meaningful academic work.
  • The result is a disgraceful pool of highly educated, underemployed or unemployed perpetual trainees.
  • Many are underemployed, barely making ends meet through adjunct gigs and contract work.
  • Left out of work or underemployed in the informal sector and subsistence farming, they are a political tinderbox.
  • And maybe the sales outlook is destined to remain weak while tens of millions of workers are un- or underemployed.
British Dictionary definitions for underemployed

underemployed

/ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd/
adjective
1.
not fully or adequately employed
Derived Forms
underemployment, noun
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