THE NUMBER of people in Donegal in receipt of a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen by 10 per cent this week.
Latest figures from the Department of Social Protection show that there are now 8,155 people in Donegal receiving a PUP, down from 9.121 last week.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in May 2020, there were 22,594 people in Donegal receiving a PUP.
This week, the Department of Social Protection has issued weekly payments valued at €72 million to 244,197 people in receipt of a PUP. In addition, approx. €1 million is being paid in PUP arrears this week
The number of recipients represents a decrease of 23,174 people compared to last week.
The PUP figures published today are in addition to the 171,699 people who were on the Live Register at the end of May.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving PUP this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities (64,675), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (36,763) and Administrative and Support Service Activities (25,365).
The sector which has seen the largest decrease in the number of people receiving PUP this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities with 12,705 fewer people receiving the payment compared to last week.
This is followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade with 2,429 fewer people receiving the payment compared to last week.
The number of people in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector receiving PUP is 7,979 compared with 9,264 last week.
From the 1st July 2021, PUP will be closed to new applications and individuals who lose their employment from 1st July should apply for a jobseeker’s payment or another welfare payment.Tags: