PUP claimants drop below 400,000 for first time in 2021

The variety of individuals claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has dipped below 400,000 for the first time this 12 months, based on the newest figures from the Department of Social Protection.

385,211 recipients will obtain the fee this week, at a value of €114.1 million.

The whole price of the scheme launched on 16 March 2020 has now topped €7.4 billion.

The variety of PUP recipients beforehand peaked at round 600,000 in May of final 12 months through the first lockdown.

This week's variety of claimants doesn’t embody round 183,000 individuals on the Live Register on the finish of March.

According to the Department, over 12,692 individuals closed their PUP accounts to return to work.

Construction accounted for the most important sectoral lower in PUP claims – with a fall of 4,961.

However, the sectors that proceed to show a excessive dependence on PUP helps stay Accommodation and Food Services (99,060) adopted by Wholesale and Retail Trade (63,288) and Construction (37,372).

On a geographical foundation, the counties with the best PUP claims have been Dublin (124,930) adopted by Cork (37,941 and Galway (20,973).

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Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described the autumn in PUP claims below the 400,000 mark as a really optimistic growth reflecting the beginning of the restoration section from the pandemic.

"As restrictions are eased further over the coming weeks, tens of thousands more people will be in a position to close their PUP claims as their industries re-open and they return to work," she stated.

However, Ms Humphreys acknowledged that some sectors could be slower to re-open, and reiterated a authorities pledge to take care of helps for these in want of htem.

"For persons who are not yet in a position to return to work, the PUP will continue to be paid at its current rates and will remain open to new entrants until June 30th," she acknowledged.

She stated that on the finish of May the federal government will set out the way forward for PUP after the tip of June "taking account of the trajectory of the virus, progress on the vaccine roll out and the continued impact of the pandemic on the economy over the months ahead."

"For that reason, there will be no cliff-edge and supports will not be suddenly withdrawn, but will be phased out in a gradual way in line with the re-opening of the economy."

based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie

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