More than 780,000 received income support from State last month

A total of 783,485 persons were on the Live Register, received the PUP, or benefited from the TWSS in August. File photo

More than 225,000 people signed on to the live register last month, while hundreds of thousands more depended on State supports due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Overall however, the numbers without work and in receipt of Covid-19 pandemic supports from the State dropped compared to the previous month.

The unadjusted Live Register total for August was 225,844 people. That was an increase of 26,751 compared with the same month last year, but a drop from the 244,562 in July.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time workers who work up to three days a week, as well as seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Furthermore, those in receipt of the Covid-19 income support payments are not included on the Live Register unless they meet the usual criteria.

However, the statistics show another 224,956 persons were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) for the last week of August. The number was down by 49,622 compared with July.

Separately, there were 359,095 persons benefitting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) at the end of August, down 94,648 compared with July.

A total of 783,485 persons were on the Live Register, received the PUP, or benefited from the TWSS.