Definition of the unemployed noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

the unemployed

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ði ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ði ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd//
 
[plural]
 
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people who do not have a job although they are able to work synonym the jobless a programme to get the long-term unemployed back to work I've joined the ranks of the unemployed (= I've lost my job).