This has led to the creation of a vast reserve army of unemployed youth who are easy prey for the drug cartels.
My unemployed boyfriend spends his days writing books and crafting inventions to sell on QVC.
I'm 55, been unemployed for over a year, have used up my savings and have to depend on my sister to help me out.
1600, "at leisure, not occupied," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of employ. Meaning "temporarily out of work" is from 1660s. The noun meaning "unemployed persons collectively" is from 1782; unemployment first recorded 1888.
[Say the] voices of the unemployed ...
No man has hired us
With pocketed hands
And lowered faces
We stand about in open places
And shiver in unlit rooms ...
[T.S. Eliot, "Choruses from the Rock"]