Unemployment levels drop by 4,700 in March to 10pc - CSO
The number of people signing on the Live Register in March fell by 4,700 and the standardised unemployment rate now stands at 10pc, on a seasonally adjusted basis.
It is the first time since early 2009 that the unemployment figures had dropped below 10.1pc. In January 2009 the figure was 9.5pc but has remained above 10.1pc since now.
The decline has been revealed in the latest live register figures released for March by the Central Statistics Office.
They show the unemployment rate is down from 10.1pc recorded in February figures.
In the seasonally adjusted figures, there are now 350,600 people on the live register – down 396,000 from the same time last year.
In unadjusted terms there were 348,676 people signing on the Live Register in March 2015. This represents an annual decrease of 42,556 (-10.pc).
The figures also showed a monthly decrease of 2,900 (-1.4pc) males in March 2015 on a seasonally adjusted basis, while females decreased by 1,900 (-1.3pc) over the same period.