Boris Johnson warns of ‘bumpy months ahead’ as coronavirus job numbers revealed


Boris Johnson has warned that the UK faces ‘bumpy months’ as grim new figures show the number of jobs lost in a single quarter to a decade high.Some 81,000 jobs were lost between May and June, bringing the April-June total to 220,000 – the biggest quarterly drop since 2009, according to the Office for National Statistics.

More than 730,000 people have been taken off the company’s payrolls since the lockdown began in March, the data showed.

The Prime Minister said it was going to be “a very difficult time for people” and that there was “a very long way to go”.

Speaking on a visit to Herefordshire, he said the government was determined to make the “colossal investments” needed to rebuild the economy.

Boris Johnson said there will be ‘hard’ times for many families as the real toll of coronavirus job lockdown continues to emerge

“What we’re going to have to do is continue with our plan to ‘build, build, build’ and rebuild better, and ensure that we make the colossal investments we can now make in the UK economy to create jobs. and growth, ”said Johnson.

“Obviously, we want to see a return to economic vitality and health.

“Parts of the economy are undoubtedly showing great resilience, but it is clear that there will be bumpy months ahead and a very long way to go. ”

The new figures only show part of the picture, as they don’t cover the millions who have been laid off from their jobs, those on zero-hour contracts or on unpaid leave.

The true impact of Covid-19 on employment rates will become clearer as the government begins to end the paid vacation program – which will raise fears of massive job losses in the fall.

Mr Johnson also insisted there was ‘no doubt’ schools could safely reopen to all students next month amid fears about the possibility of transmission among older students .

The government has come under fire for promoting an unpublished study by Public Health England on transmission in schools, which suggested there was a low risk of the infection spreading between primary school students.

The researchers reportedly expressed concern that ministers were presenting the results as evidence that schools could reopen, when they had not been fully analyzed.

The study also found that high school students are as likely to transmit the coronavirus as adults, according to the Times.

Asked about the schools reopening, Mr Johnson said: ‘I have no doubt it can be done safely. Schools are doing a tremendous amount to make sure this is done safely.

He dodged questions about the PHE report, saying, “I’m very, very impressed with the way the schools have prepared.

“Obviously, we have to make sure that we don’t have a second wave, that we are doing everything we can to avoid a second wave. “


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