The latest unemployment figures must make dismal reading for those who want Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom and join the Irish Republic.
The average figures for February to April 2012 were: Northern Ireland 7.1%, United Kingdom 8.2%, European Union 10.9% and Irish Republic 14.2%.
The figure for Northern Ireland has increased by 0.6% and that is disappointing but the unemployment rate in Northern Ireland is still lower than the UK average and much lower that the European Union figure.
The unemployent figure for the Irish Republic is the one that really stands out. At 14.2% is is exactly twice that in Northern Ireland! Is it any wonder that support for a United Ireland is at an all-time low?