FIGURES released on Wednesday show Northern Ireland’s unemployment rate over the last 12 months is increasing.
Although it is down 4,000 on the quarter to 68,000, it is up 9,000 on the year.
And redundancies have jumped by almost 50 per cent in the past year.
According to the statistics, there were 800,000 people in work in Northern Ireland between March and May this year.
The number of people unemployed stood at 559,000 during the same period.
The figures shows that 66.7 per cent of people aged 16-64 were in work, which is below the UK average of 71.4 per cent.
Between March and May, the number of unemployed people stood at 7.8 per cent, down 0.5 per cent on the quarter but up 0.9 per cent on the year.
There were 218 proposed redundancies notified during the period mid June 2013 to mid July 2013.
This compares to 174 proposed redundancies that were notified in the previous monthly period.
There were 122 confirmed redundancies in the month of June.
Over the latest twelve month period there were a total of 3,168 confirmed redundancies, an increase of 48% from the previous year.
Over the latest twelve month period there were a total of 3,284 proposed redundancies, a decrease of 2% from the previous year (3,360).
Currently there are 1,032 outstanding redundancies (that is, proposed but not confirmed), which is 39% lower than this time last year (1,704).