U.S. Lost 20.5 Million Jobs in April, Unemployment Soared to 14.7%

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: A pedestrian, wearing a protective face mask walks past the American flag video board in Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 200,000 lives with …
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April was the second consecutive month of job losses for the U.S. economy following the record 113 months run of expanding employment rolls.

Economists had forecast that the economy would lose 21 million jobs and that the unemployment rate would climb from 4.4 percent to 16 percent. So the April figures were better than expected.

March’s job losses were revised up from a loss of 701,000 to 870,000. February, which saw job gains, was revised down by 45,000 from 275,000 to 230,000, a reminder of how just how strong the jobs market was prior to the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

Employment fell sharply in all major industry sectors, with particularly heavy job losses in leisure and hospitality, the Labor Department said. Both average hourly earnings and average hours worked moved up in April, likely reflecting businesses shedding newer and lower-paid employees first and attempting to make do with smaller payrolls by increasing hours.

Read more here: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/05/08/u-s-lost-20-5-million-jobs-in-april-unemployment-soared-to-14-7/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_campaign=20200508

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