New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that on a seasonally adjusted level, the number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 100 in April.

This brings the seasonally adjusted total on the Live Register to 426,900.

The CSO said that the standardised unemployment rate last month was 14%, unchanged from the March rate.

In unadjusted terms, the CSO said there were 417,593 people signing on the Live Register in April 2013 - an annual decrease of 12,408 or 2.9%.

Economists polled by Reuters last month said they expected the number of jobless benefit recipients, which includes part-time, seasonal and casual workers but is not seen as a fully accurate measure of unemployment, to fall to 415,000 by the end of the year.

Today's statistics show that the number of male long term claimants on the Live Register fell by 1.4% in the year to April, while the number of females rose by 7.5%.

55.4% of all claims on the Register were short term claimants in April, this compares to 57.2% the same time last year.

In the year to April, the number of people aged over 25 on the Live Register fell by 1.8% and the number younger than 25 fell by 8.4%.

The CSO noted that decreases in youth unemployment have been recorded every month since July 2010. It said that the percentage of people aged under 25 on the Live Register now stands at 15.6%, down from 16.5% in April 2012 and 18.1% in April 2011.

Meanwhile, three out of five people who have taken part in the Government's JobBridge scheme have secured full time employment, with the Government claiming the internship scheme has been a success.

The figures are based on an evaluation by consultants INDECON Economic which show that 61% of interns progress to paid employment.

The evaluation report also found that 96% of host organisations would recommend JobBridge to another employer and 89% of interns stated that JobBridge had given them new skills.

The results of the evaluation were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton at the Dublin headquarters of LinkedIn, who have taken part in the scheme.

"The fact that three in five interns gain employment following the scheme is a testament to the potential that exists in providing new work activation services to jobseekers and employers,'' Mr Kenny said.