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bloodbath

noun

a situation in which a lot of businesses close or a lot of people lose their jobs because there is so much competition

the dole queue

noun

the number of people who do not have a job and who are receiving money from the government

employment agency

noun

a business that helps people to find jobs or companies to find workers

Jobcentre

noun

a local office, run by the government, where jobs are advertised and people who are looking for work can get help and advice

job club

noun

a local office where people can get help when they are looking for a job

jobless

adjective

without a job

jobless

adjective

relating to people who do not have a job

the jobless

adjective

people who do not have jobs

job seeker

noun

someone who is looking for a job. This word is used mainly by government officials.

NEET

abbreviation

not in education, employment, or training: a young person who has left school, university, etc. and is not working or training

poverty trap

noun

a situation in which someone remains poor because they cannot get a job that will pay them more money than they get from the government

redundant

adjective

if someone is redundant, they have been told they must leave their job because they are no longer needed

retired

adjective

no longer working in a job or career, especially after having worked in it for most of your life

sign on

to apply to receive money from the government when you have lost your job

social exclusion

noun

a situation in which some members of a society do not feel part of that society because they are poor or do not have a job

social security

noun

the system by which the government regularly pays money to people who do not have a job, or who are too ill or old to work

social security number

noun

an official number that is given to every US citizen

unemployable

adjective

unable to get a job, for example because of a lack of relevant skills or experience

unemployed

adjective

without a job

the unemployed

adjective

people who are unemployed

unemployment

noun

a situation in which some people do not have work and do not have an income

the unwaged

adjective

people who work without being paid or who do not have a job. Some people consider this phrase to be a more polite way of referring to people who are unemployed.

be on the dole

to receive money from the government because you do not have a job

for hire

available to be employed in a particular job

out of work

unemployed

kimchi

a Korean dish made from fermented cabbage or other vegetables, garlic and spices

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jones

a compulsive desire for something; an addiction to something

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