March 2020 Conference Board Employment Index Plummets

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The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index - which forecasts employment for the next 6 months significantly declined with the authors saying "the total number of workers is likely to remain well below pre-COVID-19 levels for the remainder of the year, and the unemployment rate will remain in double digits after peaking at 15 percent in May"

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