The number of people signing on the Live Register fell again in December to the lowest level since April 2008. 

The Central Statistics Office said that on a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,000 in December.

This brings the seasonally adjusted total on the Live Register to 204,000. 

Today's CSO figures also show that the number of men signing on the Live Register in December decreased by 1.7%, while the number of women fell by 1.2%.

The number of men on the Live Register in December fell by 16.9%, while the number of women fell by 13.6%.

The figures also reveal that the number of long term male claimants on the Live Register fell by 20.3% in the year to December 2018, while the number of women decreased by 16.5%.

Today's Live Register figures follow statistics from the CSO earlier in the week that showed the unemployment rate remained at a ten year low of 5.3% in December, unchanged from November. 

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