The number of people claiming jobseekers' benefit or allowance fell by 1.2pc last month, bringing the total signing on to the Live Register to 282,400.
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the decrease of 3,300 claimants brings the overall total to the lowest recorded since November 2008.
On an annual basis, the number of people signing on in December 2016 was down 14pc in comparison with the previous year.
Earlier this week, figures showed that the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.2pc (the lowest level since August 2008) despite youth unemployment remains high.
Claimant figures at a glance
*The number of men claiming decreased by 30,525 (down 16pc) to 160,694
*The number of women claiming decreased by 14,390 (down 11.0pc) to 116,007
Long term claimants - total 119,911
*The number of men decreased by 19,267 (down 20.7pc)
*The number of women decreased by 6,996 (down 13.2pc)
*Overall annual decrease of 26,263 (down 18pc)
Casual and part-time workers - total 59,940
*Represents 21.7pc of the total overall claimant number
*Compares with 20.4pc one year earlier when there were 65,678 cas/PT signing on
*The number of people aged 25 and over decreased by 36,497 (down 12.9pc)
*The number of people aged under 25 decreased by 8,418 (down 21.7pc)
*Irish nationals accounted for 82.7pc (228,800) of the number of claimants