The number of people signing on to the Live Register fell by 4,100 (1.1%) in November when compared to the previous month, according to the Central Statistics Office.

More than 352,600 people were signing on to the Live Register in November, putting the unemployment rate at 10.7% for the month.

This is down 0.2% on the October figure and represents a fall of 38,860 (9.9%) on the same time last year.

According to the CSO, more than 60% of those leaving the Live Register last month were male, which follows a similar trend seen over the past 12 months.

However men still represent the majority of people on the Live Register, while more than half of new claimants during the month were also male.

More than 45% of those still on the Live Register have been there for a year or more, with the number of long-term claimants falling by 7.4% over the past 12 months.

This means the number of long-term claimants is falling at a far slower pace than those signing on for less than a year, which has seen a 12.1% reduction year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the number of claimants aged 25 and under fell by 10,848 (18.2%) over the past year – marking a significantly faster rate of decline than in the 25 and over category.

The percentage of young people on the Live Register stood at 13.9% by the end of November – down from 15.3% at the same point last year.