A total of 2415 people are on the dole queue in South Ayrshire. The figure includes 515 in the 18- 24 age group.
The figure is up by 57 per cent on last year, but numbers are skewed due to the roll out of Universal Credit.
The Department for Work and Pensions in Ayr are staging a Jobs Fair at the town’s Jobcentre in John Street on January 25, 9.30am- noon. Hundreds of jobs are being created at Hunterston in a renewables decommissioning hub.