New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people signing on the Live Register in November is the lowest since August 2008, when the figures first started to be compiled.

The number of people signing on the Live Register in November fell by 2,600, or 1.1%, to stand at 244,300. 

Today's figures show that in unadjusted terms, the numbers on the Live Register stood at 233,209 in November, down 14.6% on the same month last year. 

According to the CSO, the number of men on the Live Register in November fell by 1.4%, while the number of women signing on was down by 0.7%.

Meanwhile, the number of men on the Live Register decreased by 15.7% to 133,959 in the year to November, while the number of women was down 13.1% to 99,250.

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

Figures earlier this week showed that the unemployment rate fell to 6.1% in November from 6.3% a month earlier.

The number of people unemployed had originally fallen to a fresh low of 6% in October.

But the CSO said that its introduction of a new labour force survey had led to adjustments to the historic series.