702 recipients closed their claim in the last week to return to work.
Numbers claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the midlands have dropped 13 per cent on last month.
17,510 people in the region received the support today, compared with just over 20,000 on April 6th.
Westmeath continues to have the highest number of recipients, followed by Laois and Offaly.
702 midlands recipients closed their claim in the last week to return to work.
Nationally, the number of people on the PUP payment has fallen below 400,000 for the first time this year.