Almost 15,000 Donegal people are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), according to figures just released by the Department of Social Protection.
As of today, a total of 14,834 are receiving the PUP here, slightly down from 15,015 who were getting it at the end of last month.
At its peak, in the week commencing May 4, last year, 22,594 in Donegal were in receipt of the payment.
The number of people in the county who closed their PUP to return to work in the week up to today was 153, almost half of the figure that closed theirs last week.
To date, 4,332 Donegal people have been medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 related Illness Benefit payment.
Nationally, the DSP has made weekly payments valued at €130.31 million to 437,149 people in receipt of the PUP.
These figures are in addition to the 183,096 people who were on the Live Register at the end of March.
Dublin is the county with the highest number of people who are receiving PUP this week at 140,124. It is followed by Cork (43,871) and Galway (23,589).
All sectors have fewer people receiving PUP this week, reflecting the number of people who have closed their claims in recent weeks to return to work.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food service activities (106,158), followed by wholesale and retail trade (70,083) and construction (52,723).
Some 48% of those in receipt of PUP are receiving the maximum rate of €350 this weekTags: