Crystal Spraggins, SPHR
Despite the recession being officially over, the media are still reporting about the great number of underemployed Americans—Americans who either don’t have enough paid work or whose jobs require significantly less qualification than they possess. CNBC recently reported that 17.2% of the workforce is underemployed.
Generally we think of the underemployed as those in fairly menial positions doing repetitive, low-skilled work for low pay, and that’s one face of underemployment, for sure.
However, even a highly skilled, well-paid employee can be underemployed if his abilities and knowledge aren’t consistently put to good use.