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Number of PUP claimants falls just 3,600 in last week

The number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen by just 3,600 in the last week.

In total, 206,341 people received the PUP today, with €61.3m due to be paid to them tomorrow.

However, today’s numbers do not take account of the decision to impose more severe restrictions on Dublin last Friday.

The numbers receiving the payment is now down 65% from its peak in May.

6,333 people closed their claim over the past week, with 4,568 due to receive their final payment tomorrow.

The accommodation and food service sector saw the biggest drop in claims, followed by wholesale and retail, repair of motor vehicles and education.

35-44 year olds represented the largest cohort returning to work.

“The reduction in the number of people in receipt of PUP is welcome,” said Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

“However, it’s important to bear in mind that today’s figures do not reflect the decision taken last week to move Dublin to Level 3 of restrictions.
“We are experiencing unprecedented times in our country and it is essential that now more than ever we raise our efforts to suppress the Covid-19 virus.”

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