15,000 people are receiving support today.
Over 15,000 people are claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the midlands this week - an increase of 500 on last week.
Westmeath sees the largest jump with an additional 300 recipients - 3,638 people are claiming the payment today.
Laois and Offaly have recorded respective increases of 163 and 135, with over 4,000 now receiving the wage support.
Over 342,000 people nationwide are in receipt of the PUP payment this week, totaling €99 million.