THE number of people signing on has fallen to the lowest level in three years.
New Central Statistics Office figures show there are 12,000 fewer people on the Live Register than this time last year and the unemployment rate has fallen from 14.8pc to 14.6pc.
There were 417,277 people on the Live Register in November, compared to 429,567 a year ago.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the numbers on the dole fell by 1,500 last month to 432,300.
The CSO figures show that 81,620 people are taking part in government back to work and education programmes. This is up over 5,000 on the same time last year. The numbers taking part in JobBridge internships has more than doubled to 5,236.
The figures show there has been a much bigger drop in the number of men on the dole than women, but they still outnumber females nearly two to one.
The numbers out of work long term increased by 3.7pc, with 45pc now signing on for over a year.
The number of under 25s signing on fell by 11pc in the last year, but this is believed to be mainly down to emigration.