Government debt rises in March
The national government’s outstanding debt reached P8.177 trillion as of end-March due to higher issuances of domestic securities, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.
In a report released Thursday evening, the BTr reported the national government’s debt stock increased by P11.82 billion or 0.1% to P8.177 trillion as of end-March from P8.165 trillion as of end-February. The March figure was also 4.8% higher than P7.8 trillion in March 2019.
Of which, 67% or P5.512 trillion were sourced domestically, while 33% or P2.664 trillion were from external creditors. Read More
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US unemployment hasn’t looked this bad since the 1930s
Since the middle of March, Americans have filed more than 30 million claims for their first week of unemployment benefits, sparking a crisis of joblessness that materialized almost overnight.Facing shutdowns across the country, businesses have been forced to lay off or furlough employees on a massive scale. Now, economists and investors are scrambling to determine the scope of the problem. US unemployment is expected to stay high for some time, weighing on any economic recovery once restrictions start to lift.”We’re going up the elevator and down the escalator,” Torsten Slok, chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, told me.Slok believes unemployment will have peaked in April. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expect to the unemployment rate to have hit 16.1% last month, which would be its highest level since 1939. The US government releases its latest jobs report on Friday. READ MORE
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