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Canada stands to have forfeited a fifth of its employment in one month as the full impact of the coronavirus economic shutdown took effect in April, FXStreet’s analyst Joseph Trevisani briefs.

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“The employment change report from Statistics Canada is forecast to show that 4 million workers lost their jobs last month, one-fifth of the nation’s workforce. Estimates from the Reuters survey of economists range from -199,600 to- 5,547,000.”

“The unemployment rate is predicted to more than double to 18% from 8.2% in March. In February the rate was 5.6%.”  

“The US and Canadian job data for April will be uniformly bad but the impact on the USD/CAD will be determined by the US report and its weight on Treasury yields.”