The Live Register was unchanged in October from September, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The number of people signing on the Live Register stood at 188,700 - the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since February 2008. 

The CSO said that in unadjusted terms there were 180,459 people signing on the Live Register in October 2019, a decrease of 9.4% since the last time last year.

Today's figures show there was a monthly decrease of 0.7% in the number of men signing on in October, but the number of women increased by 0.8%.

They also reveal that the number of male long term claimants decreased by 17.7% in the year to October, while the number of women fell by 15.2%, giving an overall annual decrease of 16.7% in the number of long term claimants. 

Meanwhile, the level of youth unemployment fell by 10.1% and the CSO noted that annual decreases in youth jobless has now occurred every month since July 2010.

Figures from the CSO earlier this week showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October fell to 4.8%.

This marked the lowest rate of unemployment since January 2007 and means that the economy has exceeded the threshold for what is commonly referred to as full employment -  a 5% unemployment rate.

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).