Economic Definition of unemployed. Defined.
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Term unemployed Definition: The condition in which a resource (especially labor) is NOT actively engaged in a productive activity, but IS actively seeking employment. This general condition forms the conceptual basis for one of the three categories used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) when classifying individual's labor force status. For specific details of the BLS classification procedure, see unemployed persons. The other two BLS categories are employed persons and not in the labor force.