Irish temporary COVID-19 jobless claims down 54% from peak

05 Aug 2020 / 01:06 H.

    DUBLIN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The number of people claiming temporary coronavirus-related unemployment payments in Ireland has fallen by 5% since last week to leave it 54% below its May peak, data showed on Tuesday.

    The government is paying 274,600 people the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, down from a peak of 598,000 on May 5, the Department of Social Protection said in a statement.

    An estimated 390,000 employees are currently signed up to a separate wage-subsidy scheme, it said. (Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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