Published Wednesday, 16 October 2013
September was the eighth month in a row when there has been a decrease in this measure of unemployment, according to the latest data from the Department of Enterprise.
However the number of claimants is shrinking at a slower rate than the UK average, at 1% compared to 3%. Currently there are 61,000 claimants across NI.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the figures.
"The continued decrease in the unemployment rate as well as the fall in unemployment benefit recipients are positive indicators, which are to be welcomed," said the DUP minister.
"Last week's Investment Conference demonstrated that Northern Ireland is a strategic investment location of choice for international investors in key growth sectors, with our highly skilled workforce being a key decision factor.
"Any new foreign investment and export opportunities will help to provide quality jobs and opportunities for local people, contributing to the growth of our local economy."
The unemployment rate measured by the Labour Force Survey was estimated at 7.3% for the period between June and August, down 0.5 percentage points from the previous quarter.
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