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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 16 June 2020

ONS have published the latest figures on the UK labour market, capturing some of the effects of the pandemic on jobs.

They have also published data on deaths registered in England and Wales, including those involving COVID-19. Some of the main points include:

  • Early PAYE estimates for May 2020 indicate that the number of payroll employees fell by 2.1% (612,000) compared with March 2020

  • With millions of workers on furlough (still counted as employed), the total number of hours worked fell by a record 8.9% in February to April 2020

  • The number of job vacancies in the UK fell by 342,000 to 476,000 in the three months to May 2020 (new series low)

  • There were 47,387 deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to 5 June 2020 (26,175 men and 21,212 women)

  • Most deaths involving COVID-19 have been among those aged 65 and over (42,291 out of 47,387)

  • The total number of deaths in the week ending 5 June 2020 was 10,709, up slightly compared with the previous week (when the Bank Holiday affected registrations)

  • However, the total number of excess deaths (deaths above the 2015 to 2019 average) continued to fall, with private homes the only setting to see a rise in excess deaths compared with the previous week

Read the ONS roundup