There’s been a small decrease in the number of people in Cork receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), despite a national increase.
This evening the Department of Social Protection confirmed it has issued payments valued at €61.9 million to 217,142 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) this week.
This represents an increase of 10,801 on the 206,341 people paid last week.
Over 19,000 people have applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the past seven days, which the Department said partly reflects, though not entirely, the effect of some areas having to be moved to Level 3 of restrictions.
In Cork, 18,745 people will receive the PUP this week, down from 18,789 last week.
Nationally, in the past seven days, 8,690 people have closed their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
Of these, 6,309 have reported that they were returning to work.
Some 4,953 people will be receiving their final payment tomorrow, 29th September.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving a PUP payment this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities, up by almost 7,000 from last week. Education and Public Administration and Defence are the only sectors with a slight fall in PUP payments this week.