Lowest number signing on since late 2008
The number of people signing on the Live Register is at its lowest since the crash, falling by 3,300, or 1.2pc, on a monthly basis in December.
The seasonally adjusted total was 282,400 - making it the lowest number recorded since November 2008.
The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in December was 119,911. The number of males in this category decreased by 19,267 or 20.7pc in the year while females decreased by 6,996 or 13.2pc.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office follow positive statistics earlier this week, which show that unemployment is at 7.2pc and the rate had fallen for the seventh month in a row.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar said: "I am determined to continue to make more changes for the better to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt by every individual, household and region in the country through reduced unemployment, higher living standards and enhanced social protection."