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323,000 Apply For Covid 19 Jobseekers Payment

More than 283,000 people have received social welfare payments after losing their jobs because of the Coronavirus.

These figures give us a first real sense of the sheer scale of job losses because of the Coronavirus.

In just two weeks the number of people getting a wage subsidy payment from the government has more than doubled.

There's been around 323,000 individual applications from people who've lost their jobs with 283,000 payouts from the government so far.

On top of the COVID-19 pandemic payment - 25,000 payments have been made to employers under the wage subsidy scheme.

The figures show in the region of 300,000 people have lost their jobs so far because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The Department says the number of applicants represents a 19 month wage claim-load in just 14 days

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