July 16, 2020 / 6:53 AM / 19 days ago

Business Secretary says jobs data would have been worse without government support

FILE PHOTO: British Business Secretary Alok Sharma arrives in Downing Street,following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the unemployment data would have been worse had the government not supported millions of people through the novel coronavirus crisis.

“If we hadn’t provided this support, we would be in a far worse position,” Sharma told the BBC on Thursday. “The cost of inaction would have been much greater than the cost of action.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young

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