There was a monthly decrease of 5,400 in the Live Register in September 2010 on a seasonally adjusted basis, official figures revealed today.
The Central Statistics Office stated that the number of people on the Live Register now stands at 442,417, an annual increase of 22,563, or 5.4%, in the unadjusted series.
This compares with an increase of 30,198, or 6.9%, in the year to August 2010.
The standardised unemployment rate in September was 13.7%, down from 13.8% in August. This compares with 13.2% in the second quarter of 2010.
There was a decrease of 2,600 males and 2,900 females in the seasonally adjusted series in September.
The average net weekly decrease in the seasonally adjusted series in September 2010 was 1,350, compared to a weekly increase of 625 in the previous month.
Labour enterprise spokesman Willie Penrose insisted the underlying jobs crisis remained despite the slight improvement.
“This Government is not capable of dealing with the unemployment crisis or leading the country back to economic recovery,” he said.
“The sooner it recognises this and allows the people to elect a new Government with a fresh mandate, the better for all our people.”