Decrease in number of Galway workers receiving PUP this week

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The number of people in Galway receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has decreased this week by 377.

There are now 24,186 workers in the city and county in receipt of the PUP, down from 24,563 last week.

Nationally, the number of people receiving a payment has decreased by 7,059 compared to last week.

There is now a total of 449,521 people receiving the payment across the State with Galway recording the third highest number of PUP recipients after Dublin and Cork.

At the end of the first COVID wave in May 2020, there were over 600,000 people across the country receiving the PUP.

Speaking yesterday, Minister Heather Humphreys said that the Pandemic Unemployment Payment continues to act as a vital income support for almost 450,000 people who lost their job as a result of the pandemic.

“The Government will ensure that the PUP remains in place until June 30th and the quickest and easiest way to apply is via,” said the Minister.

“I am deeply conscious how difficult these restrictions are for all our citizens. People are continuing to make extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of their families, friends, colleagues and frontline workers.

“We have shown before as a country that by adhering to the public health guidelines we can get these virus numbers right back down.”