The number of people receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) in Laois has fallen by 900 over the past week.
Payments were issued for 4,700 people in Laois for July 14, compared to 5,600 on July 7 and 8,600 on May 5 as the county continues the road to recovery.
Worryingly, 21% of the 5,556 Laois people who received PUP on July 5 are under the age of 25 at a time when youth unemployment stands at 45% in the country.
The Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €106.8 million to 345,600 people nationally for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment for July 14. This represents a decrease of 67,300 on the 412,900 people paid last week, the largest weekly decrease to date and a decrease of 252,400 since May 5 when 598,000 people received the payment.
In the past seven days, 44,400 people have closed their claim for a Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Some 19,800 will be receiving their final payment this week.
There are 95,800 people receiving €203 this week, while the remaining 249,800 are receiving a payment of €350.
Similar to last week, the top three sectors in which employees are returning to work this week are accommodation and food services (12,400), other sectors such as barbers and hairdressers (5,100), and wholesale and retail trade/repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (4,200).