New figures from the Central Statistics Office show a monthly decrease of 4,400, or 1.4%, in the Live Register for April on a seasonally adjusted basis.

This brings the total of people signing on to 312,700.

The CSO said that on an unadjusted basis, a total of 305,785 people were signing on the Live Register last month, down 11% on the same time last year.

Today's figures show that the number of men signing on in April fell by 1.4%, while the number of women on the dole was also 1.4% lower.

Meanwhile, the number of male claimants dropped by 12.9% in the year to April, while the number of female claimants fell by 8.1% 

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April fell to 8.4% from 8.6% in March

This marked the lowest level of unemployment since November 2008, when the unemployment rate was 8.1%.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment, as it includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance.