Published Wednesday, 12 September 2012
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Figures released on Wednesday revealed that the region's rate had increased by 1.1 percentage points during the period May - July 2012.
The figure was also lower than the European Union rate of 10.4% and the Republic of Ireland's rate of 14.8% - both of which were recorded in June 2012.
The number of jobless in Northern Ireland was also up from the rate recorded one year ago of 7.4%.
Unemployment for 18-24 year olds was recorded at 23.5% - up 5.2 percentage points over the year while 45.5% of the region's unemployed have been jobless for one year or more.
This is up 0.1 percentage points from a year ago.
In August, the number of unemployment benefit claimants increased by 100 compared to the previous month and now stands at 63,100.
The Northern Ireland claimant rate was 6.9% for the month which was the second highest among the 12 UK regions.
The UK rate is much lower at 4.8%.
Northern Ireland's slight increase was at odds with the UK's decrease of 0.9%.
Meanwhile, there was a boost in the number of new jobs in the latest quarter - for the first time since 2008.
There was a rise of 1,940 jobs bringing the number of employee jobs to 693,110.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "The rise in unemployment is disappointing but highlights the fact that the Northern Ireland economy is still impacted by the current recession.
"Output at UK level is falling and growth in the global economy is at disappointing levels."
The DUP minister welcomed the increase in the number of jobs for the first time in four years.
"The Manufacturing and Service sectors have both seen a rise in job numbers, which is encouraging. The reduction of 8,000 over the quarter of those classed as being economically inactive is also to be welcomed.
"My Department will be proactive to ensure that the necessary support is there for businesses to aid the potential for sustainable growth and in tandem move the Northern Ireland economy out of its current recession.
"In order to achieve this it is important that Northern Ireland businesses continue to work towards increasing their market share," she added.
Northern Bank's chief economist Angela McGowan also described the figures as "disappointing."
"While there are some signs that the UK economy has started to experience a small degree of improvement, equivalent signs for Northern Ireland are less obvious.
"Today's unemployment data is clearly disappointing but given the very difficult economic environment that prevailed in Quarter 2, they are certainly not a surprise."
Ms McGowan said that most advanced economies suffered from April to July because of the European debt crisis and Northern Ireland was no different.
"The UK however had the Olympics to help boost employment and private expenditure."