The economy won’t suffer the worst-case scenario following the pandemic, if the most recent signs are predictive.

Employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, the Labor Department reported Friday in a report that shocked forecasters, who expected millions more in job losses.

The details of the report suggest that workers who were laid off as social distancing began are beginning to get rehired and that aspects of the government effort to keep them connected to their old jobs are working.

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