Jobless claims data to show virus hit on US economy

Washington (AFP) – The widespread damage to the US economy is becoming evident amid the standstill forced by the coronavirus pandemic, and data Thursday will reveal more of what are expected to be massive job losses.Bustling cities have been turned into ghost towns, as COVID-19 restrictions have forced shops, restaurants and offices to close, leaving grocery stores and hospitals the lone epicenters of activity. Some economists are predicting the worst job losses since World War II.Payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday that US private employment fell in March, with small businesses bleeding jobs at …

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