THERE has been a further drop, of 1,400, in the number of people in Donegal who are receiving a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
There are now 1,000 people in Donegal receiving the payment, down from 11,400 last week.
At one stage in May, there were 22,700 people in Donegal in receipt of the payment. Across the country there has been a decrease of almost 100,000 people receiving a PUP in the last two weeks.
Today represents the final deadline for those remaining PUP recipients who have yet to confirm their continued eligibility for PUP
Today, the Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €97m to 313,800 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). This represents a decrease of 31,800 on the 345,600 people paid last week and a decrease of almost 100,000 in the past two weeks.
In the past seven days, 28,700 people have closed their claim for a Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Some 13,100 will be receiving their final payment tomorrow, 21st July.
The top three sectors in which employees are returning to work this week are Accommodation and Food Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles; and Construction.
Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys said: “This week’s figures show that increasing numbers of people are returning to work as businesses large and small throughout the entire country emerge from the Covid-19 health crisis.
“This week, I will be announcing initiatives under the Government’s July Stimulus package aimed specifically at enabling people to move back into employment.
“I have been working closely with the officials in my Department and my colleagues in Government on developing a suite of measures that will stimulate the economy and provide supports to businesses.
“A key element of the package will be enhancing the supports available to people who have lost employment during this pandemic to assist them back into work as quickly as possible.”Tags: