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Covid-19 lockdown: UK jobless claims jump by 856,000 to 2.1 mn in April

A Reuters poll of economists had produced a median forecast for a leap of 676,500 in the claimant count with forecasts ranging widely from just over 56,000 to as high as 1.5 million

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A measure of the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Britain soared in April, the first full month of the government's coronavirus lockdown, data published on Tuesday showed. The claimant count rose by 856,500 to 2.097 million, the Office for National Statistics said. ALSO READ: Covid-19: India's caseload tops 100,000, China vows to make vaccine for all A Reuters poll of economists had produced a median forecast for a leap of 676,500 in the claimant count with forecasts ranging widely from just over 56,000 to as high as 1.5 million. The ONS also ...

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First Published: Tue, May 19 2020. 13:25 IST
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