Discouraged, marginally attached workers unite!


As one of the many unemployed people across the country, and as someone who works with words for a living, I find it funny that the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics can come up with many ways to describe people looking for a job.

I've heard of "underemployed," the term for people, like me, who don't have a full-time job but have a part-time job (or two or more) while still looking for full-time work.

Now the BLS, which puts out state-by-state unemployment figures each month, has a subclass of the unemployed: "discouraged workers" and workers "marginally attached" to the labor force.