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The number of people signing on the Live Register in October fell to the lowest level since September 2008, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The CSO said that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 2,400 (or 1%) in October, bringing the seasonally adjusted total to 246,900.

In unadjusted terms 236,492 persons were signing on the Live Register in October, down 14.6% on the same time last year. 2017.

The Live Register includes part-time workers, as well as seasonal and casual workers who are entitled to jobseekers’ benefit or jobseekers’ allowance.

Earlier this week, CSO figures showed that the unemployment rate fell slightly to 6% in October from 6.1% in September – the lowest level since June 2008.

This compares with a rate of 7.2% in October 2016.

The Finance Department has forecast that the unemployment rate will dip below 6% by the end of this year.

This means the economy could reach full employment next year with the rate forecast to remain at 5.5% from 2018 onwards.

The country’s jobless rate compares with a current euro zone average of 9.1%.

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