7 lakh jobs gone in 14 days in US

Washington, Apr 4 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:33:37 PM IST

The worst stage of coronavirus pandemic became visible in the US when the Donald Trump government reported that employers cut over 7 lakh jobs in the first two weeks of March -- close to the May 2009 financial crisis peak of 800,000 job losses.

Most of the job losses were reported from restaurants and bars, followed by retailers. It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010, CNBC reported. The unemployment rate rose to 4.4 per cent - from 3.5 per cent -- the first job decline in a decade, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.
The Labor report, however, doesn’t capture “the nearly 10 million laid-off and furloughed Americans who filed initial jobless claims in the past two weeks as much of the nation’s economy was shut down to contain the spread of the virus”.
The US Labor Department on Thursday revealed that another 6.6 million workers filed jobless claims last week.

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