New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the Live Register in October fell to the lowest level since November 2008. 

The CSO said that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the numbers on the Live Register fell by 3,100 last month to stand at 288,000.

In unadjusted terms, the numbers on the Live Register in October stood at 277,219 - down 13.6% on the same time last year.

Today's figures show that the number of men signing on last month fell by 1,700 (1%) while the number of women on the Live Register decreased by 1,300 (1.1%).

They also reveal that the number of long term claimants fell by 16.4% on an annual basis to stand at a total of 125,063. 

The Live Register includes part-time workers, seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to jobseeker's benefit or jobseeker's allowance.

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October fell to 7.7% from 7.9% in September to reach an eight year low. 

The CSO said the seasonally adjusted number of unemployed in October fell to 168,800, down 29,700 on the same time last year.