Unemployment Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old unemployment quotes, unemployment sayings, and unemployment proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.      

Orson Scott Card

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.      

Ronald Reagan

Unemployment is a great tragedy. The man who goes about hopelessly seeking work in order to earn bread for his children is a living reproach to civilization.      

Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Of all aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment.      

Jane Addams

The longer our graduation lines are today, the shorter our unemployment lines will be tomorrow.      

George H. W. Bush

Unemployment diminishes people. Leisure enlarges them.      

Mason Cooley

If heaven really exists: then heaven is the job, hell is unemployment, while life is merely an interview.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The cool thing about unemployment is every day is Saturday.     

Jarod Kintz

Employment frees man from the nightmare of unemployment, while it chains him to his employer’s dream.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Unemployment or the loss of income which will always affect some in any society is certainly less degrading if it is the result of misfortune and not deliberately imposed by authority.     

F.A. Hayek

There is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable.     

Hubert H. Humphrey

Inflation is the parent of unemployment and the unseen robber of those who have saved.     

Margaret Thatcher

Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature – unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.     

William Beveridge

Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is.     

William E. Barrett

Unemployment, with its injustice for the man who seeks and thirsts for employment, who begs for labour and cannot get it, and who is punished for failure he is not responsible for by the starvation of his children – that torture is something that private enterprise ought to remedy for its own sake.     

David Lloyd George

Unemployment is not the situation to blame your fate or on others… It’s time to believe in yourself and Unveil-New-Employment     

Shashank Rayal

Computers can solve all kinds of problems except the unemployment problem they create     

Laurence J. Peter

Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal.      

Ellen Wilkinson

As long as there is unemployment, war, crime and all things that go to the infliction of man's inhumanity to man, regardless - there is much to be done, and people need to work together.     

Rosa Parks

The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning, you're on the job.     

Slappy White

When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.      

Calvin Coolidge

Long-term unemployment can make any worker progressively less employable, even after the economy strengthens.      

Janet Yellen

We need to give importance to skill development because this way we can end unemployment.      

Narendra Modi

The final solution for unemployment is work.     

Calvin Coolidge

Unfortunately, very few governments think about youth unemployment when they are drawing up their national plans.     

Kofi Annan

Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.      

Eleanor Roosevelt