Almost 10,000 fewer Mayo people received the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) last week compared to the scheme’s peak in May.
6,800 people in Mayo were issued payments on July 28, representing a decrease of 800 on the 7,600 who received payment the week prior on July 21.
400 people closed their account for PUP payments in the week leading up to July 28 for returning to work reasons.
16,400 people in Mayo had received PUP payments at the scheme’s peak on May 5.
There was no change on the number of people in Mayo receiving the Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit on a week to week basis in Mayo; the figure remains at 1,300
Nationwide, the Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €88.9m to 286,900 people for the (PUP), a decrease of 26,900 on the 313,800 people paid last week and a 52% drop on the 598,000 paid at its peak on May 5.
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.
As well as those availing of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, 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.