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While the May unemployment numbers released this morning were expected to be bad, they ended up a little worse than feared.

Unemployment rose to 7.1% seasonally adjusted in May, off an upwardly revised April figure 0f 6.4%, as a net 227,000 jobs were lost in the month -- 90,000 full-time positions and nearly 140,000 part-time positions.

A total of 835,000 people have lost their jobs since the pandemic lockdown began in March, taking unemployment to its highest level since 2001.