8 May 2020

Unemployment surges as Covid-19-focused Budget Day looms

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 8 May 2020

With all eyes on next week's Budget, new figures show the bite of Covid-19 on people's jobs - with about 40,000 people going on the dole since lockdown.

The government is putting the finishing touches on its spending plans now, but says it is just one more step in the battle against the coronavirus.

RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch has the details.