Latest Rothesay unemployment figures published

The JobCentre Plus office in Rothesay's King Street.

The JobCentre Plus office in Rothesay's King Street.

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The number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in Rothesay was 148 in December - an increase of 21 per cent on the same month in 2014.

Official figures from the Office of National Statistics, released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show 30 of those claimants were aged between 18 and 24 - representing no change on the December 2014 figure - while only five were aged 18-24 and had been claiming benefits for more than six months, a fall of 67 per cent.

The Rothesay total for December represented a 17 per cent increase on the previous month.

The overall claimant count includes those who are on Job Seeker’s Allowance and those who are out of work and on Universal Credit.

Across Argyll and Bute the total number of claimants fell by 11 per cent to 872, while those aged 18-24 fell by 21 per cent to 175; there was no change in the number of long-term young claimants.

The Scotland-wide statistics show the number of claimants fell by 20,400 compared to the same month in 2014.