That coincides with a €50 reduction in the top tier of the payment.
Just over a thousand people have stopped claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the midlands this week.
That represents a 21% drop on last week and coincides with a €50 reduction in the top tier of the payment to €300.
Nationally, just under 115,000 people are still claiming the income support.
The majority of people who closed their payment in the last week returned to work in the hospitality sector.