Unemployment in Glenrothes and Central Fife rose during June, bucking the national trend which saw Scotland’s jobless rate drop by 11,000 over the March-May quarter.
Local MP Lindsay Roy said that while the Scotland-wide figure was encouraging, the rise of 81 in his constituency on the May figure was ‘’very disappointing.’’
There are now 3,371 people out of work in the area, a rate of 8.1% and 208 more than at the same time last year - and 18 people chasing each of the 186 vacancies on offer. He said: ‘’It is very disappointing that unemployment in Glenrothes and Central Fife has risen yet again and that the number of vacancies on offer fell.
Said Mr Roy: ‘’Firms such as Tullis Russell and Diageo are bringing many new jobs to the area and these will filter through in time.
‘’However, it is a matter of concern that the promise of 400 jobs at the Energy Park in Methil have yet to materialise, with only around 80 having been created so far.
‘’The SNP Government must live up to its promise and ensure that full advantage is made of all that Fife has to offer the rapidly-growing renewables industry.’