CLAIMS for job seekers allowance have increased in South Ayrshire.

Recent figures show that the change on year of those claiming job seekers allowance has jumped 23 percent since last year. 

However, the overall number of claims is still 30 per cent below the levels from five years ago, in 2013.

Young people aged between 18 and 21 claiming universal credit to find employment can now attend The Youth Obligations programme of workshops in Girvan job centre.

This will be a six-week course.

It is designed to help young people in Girvan with both CV support and production, interview skills development, training and college course applications and career guidance. It will also offer one-to-one support for those who need it.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “Scotland’s employment level has improved, and this is good news for people who have the safety and security of a job.

“However, this rate is still below that of the rest of the UK and I urge the Scottish Government to use its powers to help more people into work and strengthen Scotland’s economy.

“The UK Government is ready to work closely and constructively with the Scottish Government on this.”