The number of Galway workers who received a Pandemic Unemployment Payment yesterday fell below 20,000 after 1,408 people closed their accounts to return to work in the past week.
There are now 19,862 people on the PUP in Galway, which is the third highest in Ireland after Dublin (118,925) and Cork (35,754).
At its peak on 4 May 2020 during the first round of coronavirus restrictions, there were 33,132 people in Galway in receipt of the PUP.
Nationally, the government issued weekly payments valued at over €107 million to 363,167 workers today – a decrease of 13,498 people compared to last week.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving PUP this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities (96,404).