(AP) — Unemployment claims in Britain jumped by a record amount in April to their highest level since the 1990s. The new data released Tuesday underscores the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economy despite programs being put into place to keep workers on payrolls. Jobless claims surged by 856,000 in April to 2.1 million, the highest since 1996 and an increase of 69% from the month before. As bad as it was, economists suggest it could have been much worse. The government created a job retention program to prevent millions of people from being laid off by effectively putting them on the government payroll.