The unemployment rate, including people receiving temporary Covid-19 jobless benefits, fell to 6.9% in November from 7.9% in October, the latest Central Statistics Office figures show today.

The CSO said this measure of unemployment had stood at 20.4% the same time last year.

Excluding those on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which will be withdrawn in February, the country's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.2% in November compared to October.

Today's CSO figures show that the monthly unemployment rate was 5.3% for men and 5.2% for women in November.

Breaking the results down by broad age group, the jobless rate for those aged 15 to 24 years was 10.9% while it was 4.3% for those aged 25 to 74 years.

The figures also show that the Covid adjusted measure of unemployment shows a jobless rate of 7.2% for men and 6.7% for women.

Breaking the results down by age group, this measure of unemployment indicated a rate of 10.2% for those aged 15 to 24 years and 6.5% for those aged 25 to 74 years.