There were 20,847 people on the live register in Donegal at the end of April, 204 down on last month and 880 down on April 2011.
While the drop is being welcomed, campaigners say when emigration is taken into account, there's little comfort to be found in the figures, and little evidence of major job creation in the county.
There was a year on year fall of 4% in the numbers signing on the Live Register in Donegal at the end of April, with the biggest drop recorded in Inishowen.
There were 4,478 signing on in the Buncrana office, down almost 8%.
Falls of around 5% were recorded in a number of offices, with 5854 people on the register in Letterkenny, 1,334 in Donegal Town and 1,277 in Killybegs.
A more modest drop was recorded in Ballyshannon with 1,526 signing on, down 3%.
The numbers were virtually unchanged in the county's other three offices, with 2,622 signing on in Ballybofey, 2,174 in Dungloe and 1,582 in Dunfanaghy.