“This data offers a glimpse [into] the long-term effects of the coronavirus,” the report indicates.
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In the US, the surge in traffic coincided with reports from the labour department that 3.3 million workers applied for unemployment benefits at the close of March, up from 281,000 a week prior.
Massive layoffs have hit the service industries the hardest. Those in retail, hospitality, travel, arts, entertainment and recreation, transportation and manufacturing who were recently retrenched will also be forced to rely on government assistance.
“Based on the searches, it is evident that the US will for the first time post a decline in jobs since 2010 and break a string of 113 straight months of increases,” the report suggests.