New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people signing on the Live Register crept lower again in September.

The CSO said that on a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 200 (0.1%) last month. 

This brought the seasonally adjusted total to 188,800 - the lowest level recorded since February 2008. 

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the unemployment rate remained at 5.3% in September compared to August.

The country's unemployment rate remains below the current euro zone average of of 7.4%.

Today's CSO figures also show that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of men signing on the Live Register in September showed a monthly increase of 200 (0.2%). But the number of women signing on decreased by 400 (0.5%).
 

They also reveal that in the year to September, the number of young people - aged under 25 - decreased by 10.3%. The CSO noted that youth unemployment has decreased every month since July 2010.

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).