The number of people in Ireland claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen to its lowest level ever following the reopening of indoor hospitality.
People on the PUP has dropped below 200,000 since the scheme was initiated in March 2020.
The reopening of indoor hospitality was a huge contributing factor to the reduction.
There has been a decrease of 9,800 in comparison to last week.
“For the first time since its introduction, the number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen below the 200,000 mark,” Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said.
“It also means that the number of PUP recipients is now at its lowest level since the payment was introduced as an emergency measure in March 2020.”
Humphreys went on to say that in the coming weeks as more hospitality businesses reopen, the number of people claiming the payment will continue in a downward trend.