underemployment

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A situation in which a worker is employed, but not in the desired capacity, whether in terms of compensation, hours, or level of skill and experience. While not technically unemployed, the underemployed are often competing for available jobs.

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The underemployment permeating throughout the labor market is taking its toll on the savings accounts of the working class people.

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If you think that you are in a state of underemployment then you must spend some time trying to figure out how to get a better job.

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Statistics released weekly by Labor Department fail to take into account both those individuals that have dropped out of the workforce and underemployment.

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