The number of people signing on the Live Register continued its downward trend in January as it fell to its 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 3,200 in January, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 200,300. 

Today's CSO figures also show that the number of men signing on the Live Register on a monthly basis decreased by 1.7%, while the number of women fell by 1.6%.

On an annual basis, the number of men on the Live Register in January fell by 17.2%, while the number of women fell by 14.1% compared to the same time last year. 

The figures also reveal that the number of long term male claimants on the Live Register fell by 20.7% in the year to January 2019, while the number of women decreased by 17.3%.

Today's Live Register figures follow statistics from the CSO earlier this week which showed the unemployment rate remained near an 11 year low of 5.3% in January for the second month in a row. 

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).