The latest live register figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week show that unemployment in Louth has fallen to its lowest rate since March 2009.
In October 2014, a total of 14,408 people were on the live register in Co Louth.
This was the lowest live register figure recorded in the county since February 2009 (14,396) and a decline of over 4,400 from the highest figure recorded in July 2011- 18,839.
The live register figure in Louth has been declining month on month from some time but the October figure represented a significant drop of 600 people on September ( 15,001).
This compares favourably with the figures for September and October 2013 (16,180 and 15,789 respectively).
Overall in Ireland, the CSO statistics show that the standardised unemployment rate (SUR) in October 2014 was 11.0%, down from 11.1% in September 2014.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was 11.5% in the second quarter of 2014.
According to the CSO, on a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 3,500 (-0.9%) in October 2014, reducing the seasonally adjusted total to 371,400.
In unadjusted terms there were 358,630 people signing on the Live Register in October 2014. This represents an annual decrease of 37,882 (-9.6%).
The statistics also showed a monthly decrease of 2,900 (-1.3%) mem in October while females decreased by 600 (-0.4%) over the same period.