Strabane shopkeeper: 'I've seen increase in spending'
14 August 2013 Last updated at 12:52 BST
UK unemployment fell by just 4,000 in the three months to June leaving 2.51 million out of work, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in July fell more sharply, down by 29,000 to 1.4 million.
The unemployment rate remains at 7.8%, still well above the 7% rate target set by the Bank of England.
Chris Buckler reports from Strabane in the north west of Northern Ireland where unemployment remains high.
One shop owner tells him how her business is succeeding despite the downturn because of hard work and finding an untapped market.