The number of people on the emergency Covid Payment is down to 439,000.

26,900 fewer people will receive the pandemic unemployment payment tomorrow compared to last week.

The Department of Social Protection has issued the payment to 439,000 people this week, with 14 thousand people to receive it for the last time.

The top three sectors in which people are returning to work this week are retail, food and accommodation, and construction.

63,500 employers have now registered for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, with around 405 thousand people being supported by it.