The number of people on the Live Register fell by 4,400 (1.3%) last month on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the total now standing at 332,000.

In unadjusted terms there were 320,794 people signing on the Live Register in October, representing an annual decrease of 37,836 (10.6%). 

Seasonally adjusted, the figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of men on the Live Register fell by 3,500 (1.8%) last month, while the drop for women was 900 (0.7%).

For the year to the end of October the number of men in receipt of social welfare fell by 28,105 (12.9%) to 189,667, while there was a drop of 9,731 (6.9%) to 131,127 for women.

Meanwhile, the number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in October stood at 149,603, with this figure having fallen by 21,289 (12.5%) since the beginning of the year.

Last month there were 65,184 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register, which represents 20.3% of the total figure.

There were 74,274 people availing of programmes targeted the long-term unemployed in September, which is a drop of 2,133 people (-2.8%) from the previous year, when there were 76,407 people in such activation programmes. 

4,693 of the people on activation programmes in September were on the JobBridge scheme.

Anyone on an activation programme is not counted as part of the monthly Live Register.

For the first ten months of the year the number of people aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 27,752 (9.0%), and the number of persons aged under 25 decreased by 10,084 (19.7%).

Annual decreases in people aged under 25 have occurred in all months since July 2010, while the number of people aged 25 and over has fallen annually in all months since July 2012.

Under 25s made up 12.8% of the number of people on the Live Register in October, with this percentage falling from 15.8% in October 2013.

Craft and related (19.0%) remained the largest occupational group on the Live Register in October, despite the fact that the number in the group fell over the year by 10,217 (14.4%) to 60,876.