New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the numbers signing on the Live Register hit their lowest level since November 2008 last month.

The CSO said the Live Register recorded a monthly decrease of 2,800 (1%) in November, which brought the seasonally adjusted total to 285,600. 

In unadjusted terms there were 273,484 persons signing on the Live Register in November, down 43,102 or 13.6% on the same time last year. 

Earlier this week, CSO figures showed that the unemployment rate fell to 7.3% in November from 7.5% in October.

Today's Live Register figures show the number of men signing on in November fell by 1.4%, while the number of women signing on decreased by 0.3%.

November also saw an overall annual decrease of 17% in the number of long term claimants on the Live Register. 

The number of male long term claimants fell by 19.7% in the year to November, while females long term claimants was down by 12.2%, the CSO said. 

Meanwhile, the number of people aged under 25 on the Live Register decreased by 21.6% in November on an annual basis. Annual decreases in youth joblessness have occurred every month since July 2010, the CSO noted.

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