Title

Underemployment Rate

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Underemployment generally refers to one of several situations that result in employment in an economically inadequate position. In this context the underemployment rate refers to the fraction of those employed who are “underemployed.” Some scholars utilize an alternative version of this definition by considering some nonemployed individuals as underemployed. Regardless of the definition of underemployment, the concept evolved from inadequacies in the unemployment rate in capturing work-related hardships.

Comments

Originally published:

Rubb, Stephen. "Underemployment Rate." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. 2nd ed. Detroit, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.