1. employed at a job that does not fully use one's skills or abilities.
  2. employed only part-time when one is available for full-time work.
  3. not utilized fully.
  1. underemployed workers collectively.

Origin of underemployed

First recorded in 1905–10; under- + employ + -ed2
Related formsun·der·em·ploy·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for underemployment

Contemporary Examples of underemployment

Historical Examples of underemployment

  • Another permanent cause of unemployment is underemployment and underpayment.

  • Underemployment in agriculture is expected to continue at least throughout the 1970s.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for underemployment


  1. not fully or adequately employed
Derived Formsunderemployment, noun
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