Define: Unemployed

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Unemployed

Quick Summary of Unemployed

A person of employment age (generally 16 to 55 years) who does not have a paying job but is available for work and is actively seeking a job.

What is the dictionary definition of Unemployed?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Having no job despite being able and willing to work.
  2. Having no use, not doing work
  3. Unemployed people


Examples of Unemployed in a sentence

The unemployed are a growing portion of the population.

Synonyms For Unemployed

out of work, jobless, unemployment, idle, inactive

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Unemployed. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. March 30, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Unemployed. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: March 30, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Unemployed. Retrieved March 30, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Unemployed are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th January 2020.