Some 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. It brings the jobless total since the coronavirus lockdown began to a record-breaking 26.4 million. Many economists believe layoffs may have peaked, although state unemployment offices say they're still overwhelmed with new applications. Also, France cracks down on companies applying for state aid, saying they can't be based in tax havens or issue dividends. Air France's CEO has said he won't take his annual bonus, with the carrier on course for €10 billion in emergency support from the French and Dutch governments.
Another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, as the economic toll of the coronavirus spreads. Some 22 million people have lost their jobs in the last month alone - that's roughly the equivalent of all the jobs added since the financial crisis a decade ago. Also in the show: online retail giant Amazon has shut its six warehouses in France indefinitely, after a court order raised concerns about working conditions amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Similar fears over the health of online retail workers have recently been voiced in other countries such as the US.
Some beneficiaries of the Nigerian government empowerment programme N-Power on Tuesday protested in Lagos, accusing the state government of ignoring them in its recruitment processes. “We have volunteered for them for like three years and there is a lot of recruitment going on and we have not been considered at all,” Ayo Opeyemi, a beneficiary of N-Agro and one of the coordinators of N-power beneficiaries in Lagos, told The Guardian.