The number of people signing on the Live Register fell in November to the lowest level since January 2008, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The CSO said the Live Register fell by 2,300 in November to bring the seasonally adjusted total to 186,400. 

In unadjusted terms, the CSO said there were 177,554 people signing on the Live Register in November, down by 9.5% on the same time last year. 

Today's CSO figure also reveal a monthly decrease of 0.4% in the number of men signing on in November, while the number of women signing on fell by 2.3%.

The number of male long term claimants decreased by 16.3% in the year to November, while the number of long term female claimants fell by 14.5%.

This gave an overall annual decrease of 15.6% in the number of long term claimants, the CSO said.

Meanwhile, the number of people under the age of 25 who were signing on decreased by 8.2% in November.

The CSO noted that annual decreases in the number of people aged under 25 signing on the Live Register have occurred every month since July 2010. 

Figures earlier this week from the CSO showed that the monthly unemployment rate held steady at 4.8% in November to remain at the lowest level in almost 13 years.

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).