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Unemployed - (adjective)


An unemployed is an individual of working age who meets three conditions simultaneously :

  • being without employment, meaning having not worked for at least one hour during the reference week ;
  • being available to take up employment within two weeks ;
  • having actively looked for a job in the previous month or having found one starting within the next three months.


Source: definition adopted in 1982 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Example of Use: He/she/they has been unemployed since he/she/they was made redundant last year.