US April employment to see largest collapse in history
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by Heather Scott
With shops and factories closed nationwide due to COVID-19, nearly all of the jobs created in the US economy in the last decade have been wiped out in a single month.
That shocking job losses figure, along with a historic surge in the unemployment rate, is expected to be confirmed in the Labor Department’s monthly employment report for April — the first full month of the lockdowns.
The US is home to the world’s largest and deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with more than 75,000 fatalities and 1.2 million cases reported as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
And the economic damage has been swift and stunning.
It will be the “largest collapse in history,” Roiana Reid of Berenberg Capital Markets said in an analysis of the April employment report.
In the two years of the 2008 global financial crisis, the world’s largest economy lost 8.6 million jobs. During the recovery, from February 2010 to February 2020, 23 million positions were created.
Reid is projecting 21 million job losses last month, which is about in line with the consensus forecast.
But Diane Swonk of Grant Thornton is among the more pessimistic economists, saying the damage will be much higher: 34 million destroyed in a single month.
That includes the 26 million job losses reflected in the weekly initial claims for unemployment benefits in the month, “plus an additional eight million workers who either were unable to process their application for UI or were undocumented workers who lost jobs,” she said.
“What’s even more stunning is the breadth of losses,” Swonk said. “They spanned virtually every industry and income category.”
And the 701,000 drop in payrolls in March likely will be revised to a figure much worse than initially reported when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes more accurate data from companies. (AFP)