The number of people in Kildare receiving a Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen to just over 12,000, figures show.
On 4 May last year, that figure stood at 26,720 but had dropped to 13,170 by 1 June 2021. As of 8 June, the figure was 12,085.
A total of 647 people in Kildare closed their PUP to return to work in the week up to 8 June.
It comes as restrictions continue to ease and businesses across the county reopen their doors – among those allowed to return this month are accommodation services including hotels, B&Bs, self-catering and hostels, cinemas and theatres, gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres, and outdoor services in restaurants and bars.
Overall, this week the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over €84 million to 285,265 people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
This represents a decrease of 24,250 people compared to the previous week. The number of people in receipt of the PUP is now at its lowest since December 2020.
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described the figures as “very encouraging,” noting that they “show another sizeable weekly fall in the number of people receiving the PUP as our economy continues to recover and businesses reopen their doors.”
She explained that the number of people receiving the PUP has fallen below the 300,000 mark for the first time this year and remarked that “the reopening of our society and economy is going well. As long as we continue to adhere to public health advice, I am confident we will continue to build on this strong progress over the summer months as more and more people return to work.”
The Department continues to remind workers who are returning to work that they must close their claim for the PUP on the actual date that they start back at work, in order to ensure that their claim is processed correctly and to avoid incurring an overpayment that the Department will take steps to recover.