The numbers signing on the Live Register fell by 2,300 in June, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

This reduced the seasonally adjusted total on the Live Register to 344,900. 

Today's figures also show that in unadjusted terms a total of 356,520 people were signing on the Live Register in June, down 42,293 or 10.6% on the same time last year. 

The number of people claiming benefits is down from a 2010 peak of 450,000.

Figures earlier this week showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June stood at 9.7%, unchanged from the revised rate in May. 

This Monthly Unemployment figure has replaced the Standardised Unemployment Rate, which had been included in the Live Register figures up to last month.

Today's figures show that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,800 men signing on, while the number of women signing on fell by 500. 

They also reveal that the number of male long term claimants decreased by 15.3% in the year to June 2015, while women long term claimants reduced by 4.8%. This gave an overall annual decrease of 11.8% in the number of long term claimants.