The primary official information on UK job losses since lockdown will present a report surge in unemployment after the coronavirus ravaged the nation’s financial system and introduced years of progress to a crashing halt, economists have warned.
Figures launched on Tuesday will present the variety of employed folks dropped by 300,000 over the primary quarter, in line with a forecast by JP Morgan – a steeper fall than something seen within the monetary disaster or the recessions of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Goldman Sachs forecasts recommend that the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics numbers will even present a leap within the unemployment price to 4.4pc.
That is up from 3.8pc within the remaining quarter of 2019, the sharpest improve because the monetary disaster, and quantities to an increase of round 136,000 folks.
The expected price is up from 4pc within the three months to February, which might be the very best one-month leap on report.