There has been a significant rise in the number of people in Cork receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
Latest figures from the Department of Social Protection show PUP payments were issued to 28,962 in Cork this week, up from 22,513 last week, which represents an increase of 6,449.
The figure is still much lower than last May when 61,900 people in Cork were in receipt of the payment.
Nationally, the Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €85.6 million to 295,860 people in receipt of the PUP this week, an increase of 51,707 since last week.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving a PUP payment this week is Accommodation and Food Service Activities (90,051).
It is followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (43,432) and Administrative and Support Service activities (25,656).
This week’s figures are in addition to the 211,492 people who were reported on the Live Register as of the end of September.
Commenting on the figures, Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, said this week’s figures reflect the economic impact of the decision to move to Level 5 of restrictions.
“I know this has been a really difficult few days, particularly for those who have temporarily lost their jobs or whose businesses have had to close. I know that people are worried about the next few weeks. They are worried about their families, their friends and their jobs.
“But I also know that we have it in us to suppress this virus and protect lives.
“So let’s redouble our efforts this week; Limit our contacts, work remotely where possible and stay within 5 kilometres of our home for exercise."
The Department said that even with the commencement of Level 5 restrictions, approximately 3,000 people closed their PUP claims this week.