There are 800 fewer people receiving Pandemic Unemployment payments in Galway this week, as the numbers claiming COVID-19 benefits continues to drop.
The government made payments worth €85.2 million to 274,600 people on the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment scheme this week, down 12,300 on the week before.
In Galway payments were made to 14,600 people on Tuesday, down from 15,400 on July 28.
A further 500 people in Galway have closed their accounts with the Department of Social Protection for the payment this week.
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said it is “particularly encouraging” to see the downward trend reflected in all counties.
The total which has now been paid out under the COVID-19 scheme comes to over €3 billion.
“To put this into context, last year my Department paid out €2.1 billion in Child Benefit,” Minister Humphreys said.
“This therefore reflects the scale of the support the Government has provided to those who lost employment during the public health crisis.”
The number of people on the COVID-19 unemployment scheme has fallen 54% since the peak of demand on May 5, when 598,000 people were on it.
Along with the Pandemic Unemployment payments, there are currently 9,470 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.