The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 9.7% in July, according to the Central Statistics Office, unchanged from the rate recorded in the previous month.

The actual number of people unemployed in Ireland rose slightly during the month, however, standing 300 higher than the seasonally adjusted figure for June at 208,900.

This was caused by a rise in the number of unemployed females during the month, which stood 500 higher at 81,200. That increase was only partially offset by a decline in the number of unemployed males, which fell by 200 to 127,700.

The youth unemployment rate – which looks at people aged 15-24, was also up month-on-month, reaching 20.2% compared to 19.9% in June.

On an annual basis the July figured represented a significant improvement, however, with the number of unemployed people 32,400 lower than in July 2014.

The overall rate a year ago stood at 11.2%, while the youth unemployment figure was 23.6%.