New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the total number of people on the Live Register or receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment decreased by 18.2% to 264,086 over the month to September.

The CSO said that on an unadjusted basis, the number of people on the Live Register in September stood at 162,898.

55.4% of these people siging on were men and 44.6% were women.

Of those on the Live Register last month, 11% were under 25 years of age, while 89% were 25 years of age and over.

The CSO said that in the last week of September, 101,470 people were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), down 115,792 from a year ago.

Figures earlier this week showed the unemployment rate, including people receiving temporary Covid-19 jobless benefits, fell to a new pandemic low of 10% in September from 12.4% in August, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show today.

The unemployment rate - including those getting the Pandemic Unemployment Payment as part of Covid-19 support schemes - had stood at 15.9% in September of last year.

The CSO said that excluding recipients of the PUP, which is being gradually phased out over the next five months, the jobless rate fell to 6.4% from a revised 6.5%.

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