Gross domestic product (GDP) was up 2.3 percent in April – the biggest jump since July 2020 when it grew by 7.3 percent – according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s figures are a promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover.
“With more than a million people coming off furlough across March and April and the number of employees in work rising, it is clear that our Plan for Jobs is working.
“But I know there are people who still need our support, which is why the furlough scheme is in place until September to protect as many jobs as possible”.
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