The number of people signing on the live register in the Northern Sound region fell last year.
However, December saw an increase in the number of people signing on when compared with the previous month.
There were 8,279 people on the live register in Cavan and Monaghan in December – a decrease of 1,673 on the same month in 2015.
In total, 4,562 people were on the live register at the end of 2016 in County Cavan with 3,717 people on it in County Monaghan.
All Social Protection offices in the region, saw a drop in the numbers signing on in 2016.
However, December saw an increase in the number of people signing on when compared to November
There were 24 more people signing on in County Cavan and 61 more signing on in County Monaghan in December when compared to the previous month.