The number of Donegal people receiving Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen by 1,300 this week to 16,800.
1,100 people in the county closed their payment claims last week, and a further 900 have closed their claims from 23rd June.
The figure is continuing to fall from the highest numbers seen in April when Donegal had up to 22,500 people out of work due to Covid-19.
Fewer people are now receiving the payment as businesses in the Construction, Manufacturing and Wholesale and Retail industries slowly reopen.
1,200 people in Donegal are currently receiving Enhanced Illness Benefit. This payment is offered to workers who are required to medically self-isolate or those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor.
Today, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments valued at €163.1m to 465,900 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
Since last week’s payment, 30,000 people have closed their claim for a Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Some 17,900 will be receiving their final payment tomorrow (Tuesday).
As well as those availing of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, there are now over 61,800 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) with at least one subsidy being paid in respect of over 551,800 people under that scheme since it began. An estimated 410,000 employees are currently being supported by the scheme having received a subsidy in their most recent pay period.
The above payments are in addition to the 225,600 people who were reported on the Live Register as of the end of May.