COVID-19: Recovery for payrolled workers hits reverse gear as lockdowns take toll

The number of payrolled workers in the economy slipped back in March, ending three months of recovery from the coronavirus employment crisis.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said early estimates showed 56,000 people in PAYE employment lost their jobs – on a net basis – last month.

It meant there were 813,000 fewer people in payrolled employment in March compared to the same month last year, when the UK was forced into its first COVID-19 lockdown that left much of the economy in a deep spring freeze.

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