Live Register sees annual fall of 34,000 in December

The figures represent a monthly decrease of 1,800

Live Register, CSO, unemployment, decrease, December,

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There was a drop of 34,496 on the Live Register between December 2014 and last month.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 321,616 people signing on, a decrease of 9.7% on December 2014.

Seasonally adjusted firgures show a monthly decrease of 1,800 - which is a drop of 0.5% on November.

This reduces the seasonally adjusted total unemployed to 328,600.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2015 was unchanged at 8.8%.

The Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 1,000 men and 800 women last month.