THE number of people in Donegal receiving a Pandemic Unemployment Payment has jumped by just under 2,000 people in the last week.
As of yesterday, October 6, there were 7,946 people in Donegal in receipt of a PUP.
That number is up from 5,949 last week – an increase of 1,997.
Donegal went into Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions at midnight on Friday, September 25.
Since then, many businesses in the hospitality centre have shut their doors again due to a ban on indoor dining – a move that has affected pubs, hotels and restaurants across the county.
There were 123 people in Donegal who have closed their PUP payment from October 6 to return to work.
Nationally, the Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €55.2 million to 205,593 people for the Covid-19 PUP this week.
The number of people receiving a PUP payment this week represents a drop of 11,549 on the 217,142 people paid last week.
Across the country, 7,298 people have closed their claim for the PUP this week.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving a PUP payment this week is Accommodation and Food Service Activities (51,286) followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (29,353) and Administrative and Support Service activities (22,129).Tags: