US hiring data in March show only early signs of virus hit

Washington (AFP) – With the US economy at a standstill forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the widespread damage is becoming more evident, but employment data for March is underestimating the 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 as the epicenter of activity. Some economists are predicting the worst jobs losses since World War II.Payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday that US private hiring fell in March, with small businesses bleeding jobs at a rate not seen since t…

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