The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April.
The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948.
However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.
Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%. Labor participation rate fell to 60.7%, its lowest level since 1973.