Unemployed or Underemployed Workers
Unemployed workers are people who are jobless, looking for work, and available for work. Unemployed workers include people who were previously employed but lost their positions because of company layoffs or plant closures. Underemployed workers have part-time, temporary, intermittent, or low-wage work that does not provide enough income to live stably. Both unemployed and underemployed workers may seek assistance from local workforce system programs and services to find new employment or training opportunities. They may also seek temporary financial assistance to reduce the negative impacts of lost wages. American Job Centers and agencies administering unemployment insurance programs can assist these workers with job and training program searches, and education and training providers, such as community colleges and community-based organizations, help train individuals for in-demand occupations with sustainable wages.