THE number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 3,700 in October to stand at 409,900 on a seasonally adjusted basis.
The number of people signing on has now fallen for the 16th month in a row.
The Live Register figures are now almost 9pc below the high of 449,400 seen in August 2011.
The CSO also said that in unadjusted terms, the number of people on the Live Register fell by 5.6pc to 396,512 – the first month since May 2009 that the unadjusted total has been below 400,000.
The standardised unemployment rate in October eased to 13.2pc from 13.3pc in September – its lowest level since March 2010.