Published Wednesday, 11 September 2013
The latest figures showed there were 62,000 claimants as of August.
It is the seventh consecutive month in which a decrease has been recorded, adding up to a total drop of 2,700 since February.
However the claimant count rate for August was 6.9% which was the highest of the UK regions - and this is now the 41st consecutive month when Northern Ireland had the highest or second highest regional unemployment rate, according to this measure.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed Wednesday's figures.
The DUP representative said: "The decrease in the Northern Ireland unemployment rate to below that of the UK (7.7%) is welcome. This also compares favourably to the equivalent rates in the European Union (10.9%) and Republic of Ireland (13.5%).
"The latest employee jobs figures are also positive, showing an increase over both the quarter and the year to June 2013. The increases were broadly based, occurring in the Services, Manufacturing and Other Industries sectors.
"The continued decrease in the unemployment rate, supported by the recent increase in overall jobs, is encouraging and reflects NI's strengthening economic position."
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