underemployed

[uhn-der-em-ploid]
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:
1905–10; under- + employ + -ed2

underemployment, noun
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underemployed (ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪd)
 
adj
not fully or adequately employed
 
underem'ployment
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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