The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 1.7% (5,100) between June and July, leaving the total at 300,300.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office also show that in unadjusted terms there were 319,294 people signing on the Live Register in July, representing an annual decrease of 44,334 (-12.2%).

The number of men on the Live Register fell by 2,400 (-1.4%) last month, while the decrease for women was 2,600 (-2%).

In the year to July, the number of male claimants fell by 29,749 (-14.1%) to 180,537, while female claimants decreased by 14,585 (-9.5%) to 138,757.

Meanwhile, the number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in July was 141,981, however, 55.5% (177,313) of all claimants on the Live Register last month were short-term claimants.

The comparable figure for July 2015 was 54.5% (198,206).

There were 62,080 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in July, representing 19.4% of the total Live Register. 

This figure is 0.5% higher than the same month last year.

In the year to July, the number of people over the age of 25 on the Live Register fell by 33,888 (-10.8%), while the fall for under 25s was 10,446 (-20.8%).

There has been an annual drop in under 25s on the Register each month since July 2010, with that group comprising 12.5% of the total number. 

Explainer: Key terms

What is the Live Register?

The Live Register is used to provide a monthly series of the numbers of people registering for unemployment assistance or for various other statutory entitlements at local offices of the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

What is seasonal adjustment?

Specific movement with regard to figures is affected by many seasonal factors, such as: Summer peaks, one-off strikes, and short-term trading.

The aim of seasonal adjustment is to identify the regular patterns and remove them from a time series leaving only the irregular component. This process is known as filtering and makes comparisons of successive observations more reliable.