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job seeker

This page is about the doublespeak term job seeker

Meaning: a person who can't find work

For example:

  • The government says it's trying to create new jobs for all the young job seekers.

  • You can't call us "job seekers" when there aren't any jobs for us to seek!

Politicians often use the term "job seekers" when very few jobs are actually available. By calling unemployed people "job seekers", they create the false impression that there are plenty of jobs for them to seek. This is an example of how political doublespeak is used to hide realities that politicians don't want us to know or think about.

Quick Quiz:

Politicians use "job seekers" as a euphemism for

a. companies without workers

b. people applying for jobs

c. people without jobs

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Contributor: Matt Errey