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Canada unemployment drops in June 2020, nearly 1 million jobs created

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Canada's unemployment rate is down to 12.3% in June 2020, but this remains much higher than the 5.6% in February 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2018 General view of Downtown Montreal, Quebec, taken from the Mount Royal mountain overseeing the city. - The Canadian city of Montreal, one of the country's virus hotspots, will make wearing face masks in indoor public places mandatory in the coming weeks, Mayor Valerie Plante said on June 6. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)

Another 1.3 million workers file for U.S. jobless benefits

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The pace of layoffs in the United States continues to slow down, but the level remains far higher than any pre-pandemic week

FRANKFORT, KY - JUNE 19: Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

In Duterte's 4th year, COVID-19 causes highest unemployment on record

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The last quarter of 2019 saw the lowest unemployment and underemployment rates in 14 years. But the pandemic brought unemployment to unprecedented levels.

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

German unemployment inches up in June 2020

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Germany's labor market 'remains under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic' but the government's shorter hours scheme 'stabilized' employment

MASKS. A woman checks out face covers on display outside a clothing store in Berlin on April 28, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Unemployment soars in Brazil due to virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Brazil suffers a loss of 7.8 million jobs from March to May 2020, mainly affecting informal workers

SAO PAULO. Long exposition picture of vehicles in motion along 23 de Maio Avenue – one of the most important in Sao Paulo, Brazil – on April 30, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost – U.N.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The International Labour Organization also says the coronavirus crisis has hit women harder, threatening decades of progress

In this picture taken on June 9, 2020, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers (2L to R) Nirmala, Alka and Meenkashi talk to a woman during a door-to-door survey to check on residents after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bahadarpur village in Meerut district. - Unprotected and poorly paid, an all-women army of health workers confront suspicion, anger and the threat of infection as they go door to door searching for coronavirus sufferers in India's poor communities. (Photo by XAVIER GALIANA / AFP) / TO GO WITH 'India-health-virus-social',FOCUS by Aishwarya KUMAR

Japan pandemic jobless data mask woe for millions – experts

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Analysts point out Japan's low unemployment rate does not account for millions who gave up their job during the pandemic and are not counted as jobseekers

People wearing facemasks walk along a street at Kabukicho district of Tokyo on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan jobless rate up, available jobs in worst plunge since 1974

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The unemployment rate in Japan climbs to 2.9% in May 2020, suggesting the country's first recession since 2015 is beginning to have an impact on the labor market

JAPANESE ECONOMY. People walk across Shibuya crossing in Tokyo on June 8, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Virus, joblessness raise concerns of strangled U.S. recovery

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Data released on Thursday, June 25, show layoffs in the United States have reached 47.2 million since the coronavirus lockdowns began

A store displays a sign before closing down permanently as more businesses feel the effects of stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, on June 16, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

South Africa's jobless rate tops 30% in Q1 2020

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The number of unemployed reaches 7.1 million in South Africa, with the formal sector shedding the most jobs

An informal brick maker makes bricks on the side of the road at the Mamelodi township in Pretoria on June 1, 2020. - South Africa moved into level three of a five-tier lockdown on June 1, 2020, to continue efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.Under level three, all but high-risk sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

New U.S. layoffs show mixed impact of small business loans

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The United States economy continues to bleed jobs, even as states reopen and despite federal initiatives like the Paycheck Protection Program

CLOSED. A homeless man walks past closed stores in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California, on April 2, 2020. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Virus layoffs top 45.7 million as U.S. economic distress persists

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:30 PM

(UPDATED) Another 1.5 million workers file new claims for unemployment benefits in the United States from June 7 to 13

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: A person walks by a boarded up storefronts on June 11, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Economic worries due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continue as an additional 1.5 million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the past week. The Dow Jones Industrial average plunged over 1,800 points on the news. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Australian unemployment hits 2-decade high

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Australia's unemployment rate jumps to 7.1% as 227,700 jobs are lost in May 2020

ECONOMIC SLUMP. A man walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market in Australia on May 5, 2020. Photo by William West/AFP

UK jobless claims near 3 million on coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Economists argue that the full extent of the coronavirus will not be clear until Britain's jobs retention scheme ends, as furloughed workers are currently not in the unemployment statistics

UK PARLIAMENT. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Subic firms retrench workers due to coronavirus pandemic losses

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:50 AM

The retrenchment measures affect close to 3,500 workers

Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

Massive U.S. layoffs continue even as businesses reopen

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Data show the coronavirus pandemic has caused 44.2 million layoffs in the United States since mid-March 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 23, 2020, a street at Times Square is empty of traffic in New York City. - Despite moves to reopen businesses, another 1.54 million US workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said on June 11, 2020, bringing the total since mid-March to 44.2 million. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Virus fallout takes heavy toll on young workers

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A study indicates that a majority of young people expect to suffer the consequences of the coronavirus crisis in the future – more than any other generation

Retail workers move rails of clothes between stores on Oxford Street in London on June 12, 2020, as non essential retailers, made to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prepare to re-open on June 15. - Britain's economy shrank by more than a fifth in April from March, official data showed Friday, as the first full month of coronavirus lockdown ravaged activity. Gross domestic product nosedived by a record 20.4 percent from the previous month, after a 5.8-percent contraction in March, the Office for National Statistics said. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Spike in black unemployment 'heartbreaking' – Fed's Powell

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:15 AM

While the United States posted a surprising decline in its overall unemployment rate in May 2020, for black workers it actually ticked up a notch

PORTRAIT. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

France likely to see 800,000 job losses in coming months

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:25 PM

This figure amounts to 2.8% of total employment in France

HALTED. Buildings of the business district of La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as France is under lockdown on March 25, 2020. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Northern Mindanao unemployment hits 15-year high in April

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the number of jobless people in Northern Mindanao rose to 236,000 in April 2020 – more than double the number of unemployed workers in April 2019 – due to the coronavirus pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO DISINFECTION. A city government worker does disinfection rounds in a barangay in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Canada adds 290,000 jobs in May 2020 but unemployment rate still rises

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Canada's unemployment rate still goes up to a record 13.7% as more Canadians look for work

Customers line up outside of a mobile phone store May 19, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is allowing stores with street access to reopen, along with hospital surgery rooms, dog parks and golf courses. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Stock markets power ahead on surprise U.S. jobs rise

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Dow piles on around 830 points, or 3.2%, to finish at 27,110.98 on Friday, June 5

STOCK EXCHANGE. The Fearless Girl statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange near Wall Street in New York City on March 23, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

U.S. shows surprising employment recovery in May 2020 despite pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The United States' unemployment rate is down to 13.3% in May 2020, from 14.7% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy regained 2.5 million jobs in May as coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, sending the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent, the Labor Department reported on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

House passes P1.5-trillion infra stimulus package to curb unemployment

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

CONSTRUCTION IN A PANDEMIC. A worker carries mattresses during the construction of the back-up Barangay Isolation Center for coronavirus patients in Cebu City on May 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH unemployment at all-time high with 7.3 million jobless in April 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' unemployment rate for April surges to 17.7%, the highest ever on record, as the coronavirus pandemic wipes out jobs

U.S. faces unemployment crisis amid record trade drop

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:55 PM

(UPDATED) Data show more than 42 million workers in the United States have lost their jobs since mid-March 2020. The country's trade deficit also jumps to $49.5 billion.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020, people wait to receive food bank donations at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. - The ranks of US workers laid off at least temporarily by the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 42 million, with 1.87 million new jobless benefit claims filed last week, the Labor Department said on June 4, 2020. However the number of new claims filed in the week ended May 30 was 249,000 less than the week prior, indicating the unprecedented layoffs were slowing. (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

House OKs on 2nd reading P1.5-trillion infra spending bill vs pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:43 AM

The bill is designed to complement the Balik Probinsya program to help address unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19 RESPONSE. Construction workers build a back-up Barangay Isolation Center (BIC) in Cebu City on May 27, 2020, that can house 320 asymptomatic COVID-19 patients Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Spain jobless figures down significantly as crisis eases

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Spanish government counts 26,573 new jobseekers in May 2020, much lower than at the height of the coronavirus lockdown

People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Spain began last week a three-phase plan to end lockdowns for half the country by the end of June. JOSE JORDAN / AFP

U.S. layoffs exceed 40 million but some returning to work

May 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

New data also show the United States' gross domestic product fell 5% in the 1st quarter of 2020, slightly worse than the 4.8% drop originally reported

DESERTED. People take a photo in an empty Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Brazil loses 5 million jobs as pandemic slams economy

May 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The unemployment rate in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, rises to 12.6% in the 1st quarter of 2020

MASKED. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

House panel OKs P1.5-trillion infra spending bill to curb unemployment

May 28, 2020 - 12:40 PM

The bill is designed to provide jobs to Filipinos affected by the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Workers rush to finish the COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on April 7, 2020. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pandemic creating 'lockdown generation' as 1 in 6 youths stop work – U.N.

May 27, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Young people are facing a 'triple shock' from the coronavirus crisis, which is not only destroying their employment but also disrupting education and training

NOW JOBLESS. Jace Gentry, 21, from Hornbeck, Louisiana, is pictured in front of his trailer in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on May 6, 2020. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

White House economist sees double-digit jobless rate through U.S. elections

May 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Hassett says the United States' unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November 2020 when US presidential elections are held

MANHATTAN. The Manhattan skyline stands in the distance as people try to get some time outside in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. layoffs surpass 38.6 million as lawmakers debate stimulus

May 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Another 2.43 million Americans are put out of work in the week ending May 16

JOB WOES. Musician Lucas Goes waits to pick up food for a delivery app in Beverly Hills, California, on April 2, 2020, after losing his job during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million

UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE. Mall visitors pass inside a temperature and disinfection channel at the entrance of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

UK jobless claims surge by almost 70% on coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) British unemployment claims surge by a record 856,000 to a total of 2.1 million people in April 2020

A deserted Westminster Bridge is pictured looking north around Monday lunch time, in central London, March 23, 2020, as governments scramble to defend their own economies against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in order to ward off a long-term global recession and future waves of infections. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Jobless data show economic pain as Trump eyes U.S. reopening

May 15, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The grim figures bring total US job losses since mid-March 2020 to a level rivaled only by the Great Depression 90 years ago

(FILES) In this illustration file photo taken on May 08, 2020, a COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance Updates logo is displayed on a smartphone on top of an application for unemployment benefits, in Arlington, Virginia. - New US claims for unemployment benefit continued to slow in the latest week but at 2.98 million showed the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs, according to government data released on May 14, 2020. The number of people filing for jobless benefits for the first time in the week ended May 9 decreased about 200,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said, but that was higher than analysts expected and remained well above any week prior to the pandemic. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Nearly 600,000 Australians lose jobs as virus lockdown bites

May 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

'A very tough day. Terribly shocking, although not unanticipated,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as unemployment figures are released

A general view shows a near-deserted street in the central business district as people stay home due to COVID-19 novel coronavirus restrictions in Sydney on May 14, 2020. - New South Wales state will relax public gathering and business COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions from May 15. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Canada loses most jobs ever due to pandemic, unemployment hits 13%

May 08, 2020 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) The employment declines are observed in all Canadian provinces, but Quebec – which has the most coronavirus cases – leads all of them with 821,000 jobs lost

NIAGARA FALLS, - APRIL 27: A street in the town of Niagara Falls is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27 2020 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Tourist attractions across Canada have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Jobless Americans can only hang on as pandemic rages

May 08, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Meet 3 Americans who are among the millions who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic

Evan White poses for a picture on May 7, 2020 in New York City. - The coronavirus arrived in the US early this year, followed by deaths, business shutdowns and layoffs, rendering a previously healthy economy unrecognizable. Data from the government and private surveys has shown that the economic damage is deep and may take years to recover from, but on Friday, a new Labor Department survey is expected to show unemployment spiking, perhaps to as high as 20 percent, a number few living Americans have ever seen before. Ahead of the report's release, AFP spoke to three people about how the virus has changed the course of their lives in the world's largest economy. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)

U.S. suffers biggest job losses in history amid coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An unprecedented 20.5 million jobs are destroyed in April 2020, driving the United States' unemployment rate to 14.7%

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - MAY 07: Niklaus Salvator poses near the hotel where he used to work on Ocean Drive on May 07, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Mr. Salvator was laid off due to the hotel closing when the coronavirus pandemic hit. He joined millions of people who have seen similar layoffs around the country. The Aprils jobs report, which is scheduled to be released Friday, will provide a look into how many jobs were lost last month due to COVID-19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. jobless claims begin decline, but still high at 3.2 million

May 08, 2020 - 7:00 AM

There are 3.2 million new claims for jobless benefits in the United States, bringing the number of claims filed since mid-March 2020 to 33.5 million

DESERTED. People take a photo in an empty Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Pandemic pushes Austrian unemployment to all-time high

May 04, 2020 - 11:55 PM

There are now 10 times more jobseekers than vacancies in Austria

People walk in the shopping street 'Getreidegasse' in the old town in Salzburg, Austria on May 2, 2020. - Austrian citizens are allowed to leave the house for non-essential trips as it eases coronavirus lockdown measures, but said limits on gatherings and social distancing rules would remain in place. From May 2, 2020, shopping centres, hairdressers and all shops with more than 400 square metres of sales area are allowed to reopen, including the major electrical retailers, fashion chains, furniture stores and sports equipment retailers. (Photo by BARBARA GINDL / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

Record number of U.S. workers receiving jobless benefits

May 01, 2020 - 2:00 AM

Another 3.84 million United States workers file first-time claims for jobless benefits, bringing the total to 30 million in 6 weeks

(FILES) In this file photo illustration taken on April 16, 2020, a person files an application for unemployment benefits, in Arlington, Virginia. - Another 3.84 million US workers filed for unemployment benefits last week and the total has now passed 30 million in six weeks, according to the Labor Department data released on April 30, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Help wanted: Jobless China workers await relief

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

At this point, no one expects mass worker unrest in tightly controlled China, but joblessness is soaring due to the coronavirus pandemic

Men wearing face masks wait in an employment agency for a car to take them to their new job that they got in an employment agency in Shanghai on April 28, 2020. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

German jobless total soars in April 2020 due to coronavirus

Apr 30, 2020 - 5:15 PM

In seasonally adjusted terms, Germany's unemployment rate jumps to 5.8% in April from 5% the previous month

A woman wearing a face mask walks out of a shopping mall in Berlin on April 29, 2020 amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Face masks have been made mandatory in shops all over Germany. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Virus-hit Spain's jobless rate jumps to 14.4%

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The rise in joblessness in Spain for the 1st quarter of 2020 is concentrated in the services sector and among workers with temporary contracts

A homeless man lays on a window's ledge in Madrid on April 21, 2020 amid a national lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 disease. - Spain saw a slight increase in the daily virus death toll today, with 430 people dying in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed. So far, 21,282 people have succumbed to the pandemic in Spain, which has suffered the third-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States and Italy. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

U.S. job losses soar past 26 million as states move to reopen

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Some 4.4 million Americans file new claims for jobless benefits in the week that ended April 18, underscoring the damage done by the coronavirus crisis

Streets in the financial district appear almost empty due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which has caused many companies to have their employees work from home in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 2020. - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker told reporters that his administration was monitoring a "small number of cases of community transmission of unknown origin" as of today, Massachusetts had reported 108 cases of COVID-19. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Half of French private-sector workers now unemployed

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:35 PM

French Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud says entire sectors of the economy have effectively been shut down, leading to 10.2 million employees being laid off

ESSENTIALS. People queue to buy fruits and vegetables at a shop in Paris, France, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP