CORONAVIRUS: JOBLESS CLAIMS SURGE BY RECORD 856,500 IN APRIL TO HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1996
Official figures have shown an increase of 856,500 people submitting benefit claims last month as the coronavirus crisis took its toll on jobs.
The update from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the so-called claimant count, measured through Universal Credit applications, at its highest level since 1996 at 2.1 million in total.
The growth is the largest monthly leap in claims on record, according to the ONS.
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