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OTHER WORDS FROM employmentnon·em·ploy·ment, nouno·ver·em·ploy·ment, nounpro·em·ploy·ment, adjectivere·em·ploy·ment, noun
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What does employment mean?
Employment most generally means the state of having a paid job—of being employed.
Employment can also refer to the act of employing people, as in We’re working to increase our employment of women.
Or it can refer to a person’s work or how they earn a living, as in What does he do for employment?
In the context of economics, employment is commonly used to mean the total number of people employed, such as in a country, as in Employment is up this quarter, with thousands of new jobs having been created. The opposite of this is unemployment—the total number of people who are unemployed (who do not have a job). Unemployment also commonly means the state of being unemployed.
Employ can also be used as a synonym of the verb use, and employment can be employed as a synonym of the noun use, as in The employment of artificial intelligence creates many ethical concerns.
Example:In this economy, finding consistent employment is a challenge for many workers.
Where does employment come from?
Employment is a noun form of the verb employ, which is first recorded in the 1400s. Employ ultimately derives from the Latin implicāre, meaning “to engage” (the word engage is sometimes used to mean “to hire” or “to employ”). The words employer and employee came later. In employee, the suffix -ee indicates a person who is the object or beneficiary of employment.
While employees are often seen as the ones getting this benefit—and the benefits that sometimes come with it, such as health insurance—the employee-employer relationship is based on the exchange of work for money. This exchange is often formalized through some kind of contract or employment agreement, and employment is most often used in the context of official situations like this. Sometimes, a person may get paid by a company or person for work, but they may not consider themselves to be in the employment of that person or company—that is, they don’t consider themselves an employee.
When employment refers to the total number of people employed, it’s often used in news reports that discuss whether employment numbers are “up” (meaning the total has increased since the last time it was measured) or “down” (meaning it has decreased).
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What are some other forms related to employment?
- employ (verb)
- unemployment (noun)
- nonemployment (noun)
- underemployment (noun)
- overemployment (noun)
- reemployment (noun)
- proemployment (adjective)
What are some synonyms for employment?
What are some words that share a root or word element with employment?
What are some words that often get used in discussing employment?
How is employment used in real life?
Employment is most commonly used in the context of jobs. When it’s used to as another word for the noun use, it’s somewhat formal.
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There was a dramatic decline in the employment of African-American teachers in the aftermath of desegregation https://t.co/kMWgWiJcRU
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 8, 2019
Initiatives like these will go a long way in creating new avenues for employment, which is most needed nowadays.
— Education Minister (@Minister_Edu) October 25, 2017
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Is employment used correctly in the following sentence?
Employment has been down for the last three quarters, but it’s expected to bounce back.
Example sentences from the Web for employment
Agencies would be responsible for reporting any changes in an officer’s employment or any complaints or misconduct charges.Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting|Sara Libby and Jesse Marx|August 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
She’s part of the team, for example, that is challenging Instacart under controversial new state employment laws.Politics Report: A Poll and a Court Ruling in Key Council Race|Scott Lewis|August 22, 2020|Voice of San Diego
LGBTQ people are more likely than the general public to have lost employment due to the pandemic.
While the entire world is feeling the effects, oil and gas cities and regions are on the frontline of those changes—the results produce huge shifts in employment, public funding, even migration.
Currently in the US, and indeed many other economies, healthcare is tied to employment.The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It|Peter Xing|August 6, 2020|Singularity Hub
In 2013, with help from corporations, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act finally passed in the Senate.
Thank you, government policies, for the employment—2.7 million jobs have been added to the U.S. economy this year.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam|P. J. O’Rourke|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Take the case of Herx v. Diocese of Fort Wayne, an employment discrimination suit in the Seventh Circuit.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights|Jay Michaelson|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to that screenshot, McCallum stopped working for Twitter in September after four years and seven months of employment.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?|Emily Shire|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only the ones who can work and pay taxes on their employment—which the Department of Labor says is anyone over the age of 14.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too|Jillian Keenan|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Margaret saw his shadow as it lingered, but she continued her employment.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart|Caroline Lee Hentz
Employment agencies should not be forgotten in seeking to trace a man through his industrial record.Broken Homes|Joanna C. Colcord
In 1868, the convention authorized the employment of a secretary for the West.
Fig. 3095 illustrates the method of employment of the mitre gauge.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
He slept in a public-house, and next day resumed his idle search for employment.Vain Fortune|George Moore