, a discouraged worker
is a person of legal employment
age who is not actively seeking employment. This is usually due to giving up looking, or no success looking, hence the term "discouraged." However, some individuals are voluntarily not active within the labor force, such as homemakers
and some college students or others from extremely affluent backgrounds.
Discouraged workers are not considered to be part of the labor force and are thus not counted in most unemployment rates, which could result in flawed statistics.