Further drop in number of people in Cork receiving pandemic payment

Further drop in number of people in Cork receiving pandemic payment
Minister for Social Protection and Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands Heather Humphreys TD Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

There’s been a further drop in the number of people in Cork receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

According to the latest figures from the Department of Social Protection, 274,600 people around the country received the payment this week, down 12,300 people from last week and a 54 per cent drop on the 598,000 paid at its peak on 5th May.

In Cork, 26,300 people received the payment this week, down from 27,800 last week and from 61,900 on 5th May.

Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys has welcomed the decrease in the number of people in receipt of the payment. 

"It is particularly encouraging to see this trend reflected in every county as people continue to get back to work," she said. 

Nationally, in the past seven days, 11,200 people have closed their claim for a Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

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 number of PUP recipients who closed their claim since the start of Phase 1 (18th May) and who are currently availing of the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) has increased to 96,900 compared to 84,300 this time last week, the biggest increase being in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

Meanwhile, the latest data from the Department shows 6,200 people in Cork were medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on 4th August, up 100 since last week.

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