The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in North Korea jumped to 29,500 last month, new government statistics showed.
The latest labor market report in Northern Ireland also detailed that over the past 12 months the number of confirmed redundancies in the North had jumped 33 percent to 2,741.
The majority of these job losses – 41 percent – occur in the manufacturing sector, which is higher than the previous year and the trend will continue because the Ministry of Economy has been informed of 263 other proposals proposed between mid-October and mid-November 2018.
The NI labor market report, released on Tuesday, charted the rise in the North unemployment rate to 4.1 percent over the three months to September to bring it equal to the UK's overall average rate (4.1 percent).
But this is still below the EU level of 6.8 percent and the rate of 5.6 percent in the Republic for August 2018.
But the percentage of people in the North who did not have jobs for more than a year was 50.4 percent which was "much higher" than the UK average of 25.5 percent.
The rising unemployment rate came when the Unite trade union warned that 80 jobs could be under threat at Camden Group in Antrim which manufactures and supplies uPVC windows and doors to the construction industry.
Unite regional officer George Brash said: "We understand from management at the Camden group in Antrim that they will make up to 80 overworkers due to the loss of a sudden supply contract.
"This represents a very large proportion of about 500 strong workers in the company and will be a severe blow to the workers affected. Unfortunately Unite does not have formal union recognition in the company. "
The Camden Group does not comment on the potential redundancies in its Antrim operations.