The unemployment rate has fallen slightly to 13.7%, official figures have revealed.
A report on the job market found the numbers out of work fell by 22,000 in the year to the end of June, with the jobless total now at 300,700.
There has also been an improvement in the number of people on the dole for a year or more, with the long-term unemployment rate down from 9.2% to 8.1% over the same period.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) report warned that the long-term unemployed make up 58% of those out of work. That proportion has fallen by 3% since June 2012.
The report also noted that employment grew by 33,800 in the year to June, with more than 1.87 million people in work.