The unemployment rate has fallen again, dropping to 6% last month, according to official figures.
It is the lowest figure for those out of work since May 2008, when the figure was 5.9%, but the level of unemployment for young people remains stubbornly high.
The Central Statistics Office said its records showed the number of people classed as unemployed in February was down to 141,600 from 143,900 at the start of the year.
But the unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 was 13.2% last month, down 0.3% on the figures recorded in January.
Over the course of the last year there have been 28,000 fewer people recorded as being unemployed, the CSO said.
The unemployment rate for men is 6.5% while for women it is 5.5%.