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U.K. Jobless Claims Surged in April as Lockdown Kicked In

May.19 -- The number of Britons seeking jobless benefits spiked the most on record last month as the coronavirus lockdown sent shock waves through the U.K. economy. Jobless claims rose 856,500 to more than 2 million in April, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. HSBC Senior Economist Liz Martins comments on the data on "Bloomberg Markets: European Open."