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Coronavirus: Employment crisis builds as 649,000 lose their jobs | Business News

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Official data suggests almost two-thirds of a million people have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis amid fears an employment crisis exceeding that of the 1980s is looming.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed data showing that 649,000 people left company payrolls between March and June – covering the economy’s enforced hibernation to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The figures, taken from HM Revenue and Customs, showed 74,000 fewer people on the PAYE register during June compared to the previous month.

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