Huge rise in number of people claiming benefits
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK rose to 2.1 million in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown. The total in April jumped by 856,500 according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). While the benefit claimant count does not reflect everyone who is out of work (because not everyone can claim assistance) it does indicate the trend of soaring unemployment as a consequence of the pandemic.
View our COVID-19 tracker in full.