The number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway has decreased again this week.
There are now 8,363 people in receipt of the payment – a decrease of 377 since last week.
Minister Heather Humphreys said that it is encouraging to see more and more people returning to work every week.
Over 325,000 people have come off the Pandemic Unemployment Payment since February, and Minister Humphreys expects this strong trend to continue throughout August.
“It’s important that people remember to close their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment on their first day back at work,” she said.
“Our national vaccination programme continues to make tremendous progress with over 6 million vaccine doses now administered. Uptake of the vaccine in Ireland is high across all age categories by international standards which is a credit to our citizens.
“It has been particularly uplifting in recent weeks to see the huge response from our young people at walk-in centres across the country.”
The Minister said that the Government will continue to monitor the progress of the virus and the vaccination programme over the coming weeks with a view to bringing forward a roadmap for the easing or removal of remaining restrictions by the end of August.
The county with the highest number of people receiving PUP is Dublin which stands at 59,480. It is followed by Cork with 14,025 and Galway is third with 8,363 recipients.