1(Of a person) without a paid job but available to work: I was unemployed for three months (as plural noun the unemployed) a training programme for the long-term unemployed
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- There will also be money available for marketing and wage subsidies for firms hiring unemployed people.
- The patient and the unemployed person are better described as beneficiaries of the service.
- Unless you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week you may have to pay for advice.
jobless, out of work, out of a job, not working, between jobs, workless, unwaged, unoccupied, idle; redundant, laid off, sacked, dismissed; on benefit; Britishsigning on; North Americanon welfare, collecting unemployment
British informal on the dole, ‘resting’
Australian/New Zealand informal on the wallaby track