The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 3,100 in November to bring the seasonally adjusted total to 207,200 - the lowest level since May 2008.

The Central Statisitcs Office said that in unadjusted terms, a total of 196,261 people were signing on the Live Register in November, a decrease of 15.8% on the same time last year.

Today's CSO figures show that the number of men signing on the Live Register last month fell by 17.3% compared to the same time last year, while the number of women claimants decreased by 13.9%.  

The CSO also said the number of long term claimants on the Live Register in November stood at 80,557, a 20% decrease on the same time last year.

Meanwhile, the number of young people - under the age of 25 - who were signing on fell by 19.8% in the year to November. 

Today's Live Register figures follow statistics from the CSO earlier in the week that showed the unemployment rate fell to a ten year low of 5.3% in November, from a revised rate of 5.4% in October.

The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment as it includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker's Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker's Allowance (JA).