New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the Live Register in April fell by 1.3% to stand at the lowest level since July 2008.

The CSO said the numbers signing on decreased by 3,100 in April to bring the total on the Live Register to 229,600.

In unadjusted terms, a total of 223,602 people were signing on the Live Register in April, an annual decrease of 15.1%.

Today's CSO figures also show that the number men signing on the Live Register fell by 1.6% in April, while the number of women signing on decreased by 1%.

They also reveal that the number of long term claimants on the Live Register in the year to April fell by 17.1% to 92,709.

Youth unemployment stood at  10.8% in April, down from 11.3% in April of last year and 12.1% in April 2016.

The Live Register does not measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers, as well as season and casual workers who are entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Earlier this week, the CSO said the country's unemployment rate fell below 6% for the first time in a decade when it dropped to 5.9% in April from 6% in March.