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Pandemic unemployment payments issued to over 500,000

LAST Friday, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments to 507,000 people in respect of their application for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. These payments are in addition to the 207,000 people on the Live Register on April 3 and approximately 39,000 employers have now registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy scheme. All Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment payments issued on Friday will be in recipients’ bank accounts or at their local post office from tomorrow, Tuesday April 7.  The level of payments reflects the unprecedented demand for the Department’s income supports since Friday March 13. In total, since launching on March 16 and excluding duplicate claims, the Department processed applications from 583,000 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or a jobseeker’s payment.  To date, approx.19,000 people have asked to close their Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Taking account of the claims that have now been closed the Department has issued payments to 90% of people who made claims. However, approximately …

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Ennis hosts Jobs Week events

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has urged employers and jobseekers in Clare to find out more about Jobs Week, which runs from Monday next. During Jobs Week events are held right across Ireland, giving information about employment supports and services which are available to employers and jobseekers. In Clare there will be an information stand in the DSP Ennis office on Tuesday and in the Ennis Shopping Centre on Thursday. “Whether you’re looking for work or for a new job, services on offer include advice on applying for jobs, preparing CVs and interview skills as well as job offers. Employers also have an opportunity to find new staff from their local area,” Minister Breen said. “Unemployment has almost halved, from a peak of 15% to 8.4% today, and long-term unemployment is down to 4.4%. Fine Gael want to halve it again. This means intensifying our focus on activation and guiding more people into work through a ‘jobs …

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Giving momentum to employment opportunities

Clare jobseekers are being offered free education and training to develop skills and to access employment opportunities through the MOMENTUM programme. MOMENTUM is an initiative for people who are a year or more unemployed and who are looking for help to get their careers moving. SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, is administering the programme which aims to provide eligible jobseekers with an opportunity to train for jobs in sectors of the economy that are growing and are in need of skilled employees. Courses also include work placements for participants, in order to ensure that they have an opportunity to showcase their skills and motivation with prospective employers. The courses are individually designed to encourage motivated people to work together to further their career. The courses are an opportunity to develop key skills and reveal potential in a dynamic environment.

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