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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 24 June 2020

Today ONS have added entries on commuting patterns before the pandemic and the furloughing of workers across UK businesses. Some of the main points include:

  • Between 18 and 31 May 2020, an estimated 30% of the workforce were on furlough

  • Of businesses that had temporarily closed, 60% had furloughed at least 90% of their employees

  • Among businesses continuing to trade, 80% had furloughed at least some of their staff

  • Bus commuters are more likely than rail commuters to work in industries in which working from home is less possible

  • One-third (33%) of bus commuters work in health and retail, while 40% of train and underground commuters work in finance, information, communication and other professional services that are likely to be able to wait longer before returning to the workplace

Read the ONS roundup