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Isn't underemployment also used in a different sense: somebody who is able to find work, but unable to find as much work as they are willing to do. For example, I would be "underemployed" if I wanted to work a full-time job, but could only find a part-time job. DanKeshet

This is exactly the way I know the term as well. In fact, I was underemployed much of last year, when my "full time" job suddenly became part time, dropping from 40 hours per week to 30, with a corresponding drop in income. This is a serious problem, since a partly-employed person can't file for unemployment benefits whether he or she stays or quits, and therefore may or may not be able to pay bills, etc. –radiojon 05:48, 2003 Sep 16 (UTC)

My understanding is that all of the above definitions are correct and, in addition, a person who is over-educated for their job is also undemployed. Such as someone with a college degree tending bar... not that I'm bitter. Tuf-Kat 06:00, Sep 16, 2003 (UTC)

Perhaps there should be an explanation for these three definitions. Who knows a real economist? David.Monniaux 08:08, 21 Sep 2003 (UTC)

I'm a real economist, but there's no convention that gets together to standardize economic terminology. (There's no DSM-IV for econ.) I'll add this meaning to the entry. Jdevine 16:36, 24 Jul 2004 (UTC)

--> Hi. Anyone here can elaborate on the second definition? The first and the last definitions are pretty much easier to comprehend than the second.

-- I think the main problem is they would prefer to have more earnings and feel that more work is the only way. Maybe the definition should be: Are you willing to work extra hours?


What about a graph? This sector is as large as unemployment. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:43, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Airbus vs Boeing[edit]

I am very greatful Airbus is eating Boeing lunch left and right. The paragraph below just show how short sighted their PHB were. This weren't their only problem though. I once read Art Kleiner's book "Who really matters" and it seem they were treating their engineers, their core talent, like shit. Chicken do get home to roast.

I do think southwest play this game. They have a very conservative growth, something that look retarded in good times, but prove ingenous when the tide suddenly turns.

Alternatively, paying underused overhead workers is seen as an investment in their future contributions to production. This kind of underemployment has been given as a possible reason why Airbus gained market share from Boeing. Unlike Airbus, which had more flexibility, Boeing was unable to ramp up production fast enough when prosperous times returned because the company had dismissed a great part of its personnel in lean times.

Is the article improved?[edit]

OK, I have completed some work on this article to Wikify it (NPOV, categories, added some "See also" links, and some "External links"). I hope that it is better, now. Tell me what you think? I plan to come back and work on it some more, later. :) ProfessorPaul 18:42, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Will be working on this page[edit]

I (and my research team) will be working on this page over the next year to add inline citations and broaden the perspective to include social science and business research (right now it has primarily an economic perspective). It's such a timely topic so I'd like the entry to be as accurate and useful as possible.

To best reflect current thinking on underemployment, I envision the page structure being revised to something like this:

(Brief Overview/Introduction)

  • Types of Underemployment
  1. Time Related Underemployment (aka involuntary PT work, involuntary temp work, etc.)
  2. Skills Related Underemployment (aka, overqualification, overeducation, etc.)
  3. Underpayment
  4. Labor Hoarding
  • Measuring Underemployment
  • Consequences of Underemployment

I'm sure there's more to add, but this would be the meat of the article. Thoughts?

One of the first things I've done is removed the Economics sidebar, in part because the world map had nothing directly to do with underemployment, and so is confusing/misleading. It would be useful to eventually replace it with an appropriate graph of some kind.

Especially because this is my first attempt at contributing to Wikipedia, I am interested in any feedback at any point. Thanks! DCMaynard 17:51 GMT, 02 Aug 2011 —Preceding undated comment added 17:53, 2 August 2011 (UTC).