Covid jobless claims fall 4% as economy begins to reopen

The number of people claiming temporary coronavirus-related jobless benefits fell by four per cent over the last week ahead of a substantial reopening of the economy, data showed on Tuesday.

Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) claims dropped to 385,211 from 403,095, the Department of Social Protection said.

The total rose as high as 480,000 in February when the closure of most shops, building sites and all hospitality facilities pushed the unemployment rate to close to 25 per cent.

Dublin is the county with the highest number of people receiving the PUP this week at 125,105. It is followed by Cork, with 37,980 recipients, and Galway with 20,987.

The sector with the highest number of people receiving the PUP this week is accommodation and food service activities (99,140), followed by wholesale and retail trade (63,361) and construction (37,437).

The construction sector has seen the largest decrease in the number of people receiving the PUP this week, with 4,896 fewer people receiving the payment compared to last week.

The past seven days saw 12,692 people close their PUP claim, stating that they were doing so because they are returning to work. Dublin had the greatest number of people closing their claims to return to work (3,776), followed by Cork (1,233) and Kildare (684).


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