Number Of Hospitality Sector Workers In Receipt Of PUP Falls By Over 7,000
The number of hospitality workers in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen by over 7,000 this week.
As reported by rte.ie, the total number of people in receipt of the PUP has fallen by 25,526 to 114,600 this week, with the decrease of more than 7,000 in the accommodation and food services sectors being the largest decrease recorded.
This follows news from last month that 37,000 hospitality workers were still on the PUP as the sector continued to suffer from staff shortages, as well as news from last week that PUP recipients will not be transitioned to jobseeker's payments before October 22, but that PUP rates will be cut as part of the government's wind down of the scheme.
20,000 of the decreases this week is reportedly made up of students returning to college, and big decreases were reportedly also seen in the wholesale as well as in retail trade and in administrative and support services activities.
52,569 of this week's recipients are reportedly women and 62,043 are reportedly men.
A further 179,761 people reportedly remained on the Live Register at the end of August.
A total of €29.65 million will reportedly be paid out in PUP payments this week.
The latest drop in the number of PUP recipients reportedly means that the numbers claiming the PUP have decreased by close to 500,000 since the peak in May of 2020.
Minister For Social Protection Statement
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys reportedly said, "The economy is now substantially reopened and it is really encouraging to see businesses actively advertising for and hiring new staff.
"The PUP was always a temporary emergency support and as the emergency phase of the pandemic has now passed, it is the right time to start the process of winding the payment down."
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