The unemployment rate fell to 14.6% in November, down from 14.7% the previous month, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of people on the Live Register was 432,300 in November; a monthly decrease of 1,500.

The number of long-term claimants in November increased on an annual basis by 3.7% to 186,562.

The number of male long-term claimants increased by 1,358 (1%) in the year to November, while the comparable increase for females was 5,314 (10.7%).

In November 55.3% (230,715) of all claimants on the Live Register were short-term claimants.

The comparable figure for November 2011 was 58.1% (249,677).