If you're ready to work but can't find a job, you're unemployed. It can be a struggle for someone who's unemployed to pay their bills.

People who lose their jobs are unemployed, at least until they find another one. Most governments have programs to support unemployed people as they search for work. To be employed means to have a paying job, but before the 17th century this word simply meant "be busy devoting yourself to something," and unemployed was used for people who weren't occupied with activities, but were enjoying some leisure time.

Definitions of unemployed
  1. adjective
    not engaged in a gainful occupation
    unemployed workers marched on the capital”
    not in action or at work
    discharged, dismissed, fired, laid-off, pink-slipped
    having lost your job
    idle, jobless, out of work
    not having a job
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    having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    having services contracted for
    having services engaged for a fee
    on the job, working
    actively engaged in paid work
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  2. noun
    people who are involuntarily out of work (considered as a group)
    “the long-term unemployed need assistance”
    synonyms: unemployed people
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    type of:
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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