The number of people in Cork in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has dropped again this week.
Some 27,800 people in Cork are due to receive the benefit on Tuesday, down from 30,600 last week, according to figures from the Department of Social Protection.
The figure is a more than 50 per cent decrease in the number of people who were in receipt of the payment on May 5th (61,900).
Nationally, 286,900 will receive the PUP this week, down 26,900 on last week.
The top three sectors in which employees are returning to work this week are Accommodation and Food Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles; and Construction.
The largest cohort returning to work is aged under 25 years.
Commenting on the latest figures, Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys, said she was pleased to see that numbers of people who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 health crisis are continuing to fall as people are going back to work.
“This bodes well for our economy and for our communities across the country. Just under 287,000 workers will be receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow which is a 52% drop on the number of people receiving the payment on 5th May when it was at its peak,” she said.
According to the Department, there are now over 68,400 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).
An estimated 400,000 employees are currently being supported by the scheme having received a subsidy in their most recent pay period.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Protection has also announced that a number of social welfare payments which had been moved to a fortnightly schedule from the end of March are being restored back to being paid weekly.
The payments restored to a weekly schedule include One-parent Family Payment, Working Family Payment, Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Jobseeker’s Benefit.