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PUP claimants drop below 400,000 for first time in 2021

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The number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has dipped below 400,000 for the first time this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Social Protection.

385,211 recipients will receive the payment this week, at a cost of €114.1 million. The total cost of the scheme launched on 16 March 2020 has now topped €7.4 billion.

The number of PUP recipients previously peaked at around 600,000 in May of last year during the first lockdown. This week's number of claimants does not include around 183,000 people on the Live Register at the end of March.

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