Slight decrease in Galway PUP recipients this week

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The number of people in Galway who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen by 329.

A total of 5,440 people in the county will receive the payment this week – down from 5,769 last week and 33,132 at its peak last May.

Nationally, the Department of Social Protection issued PUP payments worth €27.5 million to over 106,000 people this week, representing a fall of 4,525 payments since last week.

Accommodation and Food Services was again the sector which saw the largest reduction.

Speaking today, Minister Heather Humphreys said the figures mean that the number of people in receipt of the PUP has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

“And since February of this year, the number of young people under the age of 25 who were claiming the PUP has reduced by over 90 per cent,” said the Minister.

“We now have nearly half a million fewer people claiming the PUP compared to the peak of the virus last year – demonstrating the huge progress that has been made in terms of rolling out our vaccination programme, re-opening the economy and getting people back to work.”