Coronavirus: British economy still 11.7% below pre-pandemic level in July – ONS | Economic news

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The economy remained 11.7% below its peak in the coronavirus pandemic in July as the UK emerges from its deepest recession on record, official figures show

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6.6% in the month, as more sectors of the economy woke up from the forced hibernation of the COVID-19[feminine[feminine confinement.

Deep sleep for activity triggered the biggest recession in UK history in the second quarter of the year – down 20.4% – driven by the first full month of COVID-19 restrictions in April.



‘The hard times are here’

Monthly growth was recorded in May and June.

ONS Director of Economic Statistics Darren Morgan said of July’s growth: “While it has continued to make steady progress on the road to recovery, the UK economy has yet to make up close to the half of the GDP lost since the start of the pandemic.

“Education advanced strongly when some children returned to school, while pubs, campsites and hairdressers all saw notable improvements.

“Car sales exceeded pre-crisis levels for the first time, with showrooms being particularly busy.

“All sectors of manufacturing, especially distillers and automakers, have seen improvements, while housing construction has also continued to recover.

“However, production and construction remain well below previous levels. ”

The update on the economy was released as ministers come under increased pressure to heed warnings of a worsening jobs crisis as the job retention program, which has supported the wages of nearly 10 million people during the crisis, is abolished.

A committee of deputies became the latest group to join the bandwagon on Friday, calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to introduce targeted support for areas that are still struggling to reopen due to coronavirus rules.

There are dire predictions, most recently from the Bank of England, that the UK could have three million unemployed by the end of the year, while business groups say an exit of the EU without a trade deal in January risks aggravating the damage.

After the ONS update, Mr. Sunak said: “While today’s numbers are welcome, I know that many people are rightly concerned about the coming months or have already seen their affected employment or income.



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“This is why supporting employment is our first priority and why we have presented a comprehensive employment plan so that no one is left without hope and opportunity.

“We’re helping people get back to work with a £ 1,000 retention bonus for jobs brought back from leave. And we are creating new roles for young people with our Kickstart program, introducing training and learning incentives, and supporting and protecting jobs across the country. the tourism and hospitality sectors with our VAT reduction and last month’s Eat Out to Help Out program. “

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