Charlotte, N.C. – The once booming U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent which is up from a half-century low of 3.5 percent in February. This according to the Department of Labor data released Friday.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage restaurants, bars, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, automakers, and entertainment venues as a growing number of regions across the country have ordered nonessential businesses closed and instructed residents to stay at home.
According to Fox Business, “the Labor Department’s employment report, which is based on surveys conducted in the early weeks of the month, when large swaths of the economy had not yet shut down, does not fully reflect the depth of the economic calamity that the Covid-19 outbreak has inflicted.”
In the last two weeks of March, 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, a remarkable sign of the scope of the economic crash.
The unemployment rate has held steady between 4% and 3.7% for more than a year, before the April jobs report showed it drop to 3.6%. According to the Wall Street Journal, the consistent unemployment rate suggest that workers are jumping back into the workforce to fill open jobs, rather than workers who are collection unemployment welfare.
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