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Bombardier has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

Bombardier has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

Ellvena Graham

Ellvena Graham

Bombardier has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

As the number of people claiming unemployment benefits reaches 65,200 and job losses hit once unassailable sectors such as tourism and manufacturing, the economy is giving much cause for concern.

Tuesday's labour market statistics revealed the extent of the dole queue in May, when lockdown was in its second full month, but they also showed us just how healthy the jobs market had been. Before the pandemic the unemployment rate was 2.4%.

On the plus side, many of us have been encouraged by businesses gradually waking up again after lockdown and are eagerly awaiting the reopening of our favourite pubs and restaurants next month.