It's tough for our political leaders to chart a way back to normality from lockdown, and it will take much longer than any of us would like it to.
But the impact of unemployment resulting from Covid-19 and the lockdown will be much harder to recover from, even when lockdown has largely been reversed.
The report from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency shows that the numbers of people aged 25 to 49 claiming universal credit or jobseekers doubled to 32,090 during March - leaving an overall claimant count rate of 6.1%.
That is a frightening reality for those in the 30-plus age-group in particular, who are more likely to have dependent children and higher monthly outgoings.
If the businesses which formerly employed those people do not return - and there is that risk, particularly for firms in sectors like retail, tourism and hospitality - it’s going to be tough to find alternative work.
It’s hard for anyone to find the opportunities and self-confidence to retrain and secure new employment if and when things pick up again. Arguably, the older you are the harder it is.
Not that it’s any better to be younger in this crisis, as numbers of 16 to 24 year-olds claiming benefits have almost doubled to reach 11,165, growth of 88%.
Sadly the total claimant count figure for April of 56,200 is not going to be the peak for Covid-19-related unemployment.
That’s because many people who would otherwise have lost their jobs by now have instead been put on the government’s furlough scheme, which means they are still technically employed.
However, that furlough scheme runs out at the end of October, and if companies aren’t ready to fully reinstate their staff, there could be many more tens of thousands job losses and people claiming benefits.
Government - both the Executive and the UK government - has demonstrated great resourcefulness in coming up with schemes like furlough, and the £10K and £25K grant schemes, as well as today’s announcement of extending rates relief for firms here in Northern Ireland.
But more help will soon be needed for the newly-unemployed.