New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the Live Register fell again in November, the third month in a row that the figure has fallen.

The CSO says the seasonally adjusted figure fell by 4,200 in November to stand at 438,800. This figure strips out seasonal changes.

The CSO says the headline figure fell by 4,551 to stand at 425,002.

The unemployment rate in November eased to 13.5% from 13.6% in October.

The Live Register includes some part-time seasonal and casual workers. It is not designed to measure unemployment, but is regarded as the most up-to-date figures on the state of the jobs market.

The CSO also said that there were 40,787 new claimants on the Live Register in November, down from almost 50,000 in October. This figure is not the same as the monthly change in the Live Register, which is affected by people closing claims and moving between different schemes.

The number of people signing on for more than a year, however, rose by more than 2,700 last month. Long-term claimants make up a third of the total number of people on the Live Register.

Separate figures show a drop in the number of redundancies notified to the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment in the first 11 months of this year.

55,910 lay-offs were recorded with the department up to the end of November, down 23% compared with the 72,880 in the same period in 2009.'

For November, lay-offs were 4,608, down 21.8% from the same month last year.