Almost 1,000 young people in West Dunbartonshire are out of work and hunting for a job.
The shocking figures uncovered by MP Gemma Doyle show 11.4 per cent of 18-24-year-olds in this area are unemployed.
This compares with a Scottish average of just 7.4 per cent.
The MP and Labour colleague Jackie Baillie MSP have expressed their concern over the stats, which show West Dunbartonshire’s dire employment record is continuing with 20 people chasing every job.
The latest figures from The Office for National Statistics show Scottish unemployment has risen by 4,000 from the last quarter, while UK unemployment has fallen.
Doyle said: “These figures are unacceptable for the people of West Dunbartonshire.
“Unemployment is still critical here and continuing to increase throughout Scotland. We are facing a real jobs crisis.”
Baillie added: “The underlying upward trend in levels of unemployment in West Dunbartonshire continues to be deeply concerning.
“In Dumbarton and Vale of Leven, unemployment has gone up, economic activity has gone down and unemployment rose faster in Scotland than the UK as a whole.”
Earlier this month, Doyle raised the jobs issue in parliament, outlining her concern that placing 20 young people on the youth contract, a work placement scheme, was no consolation when 975 young people in the area are looking for jobs.
Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley responded: “The youth contract is about making sure that there are work experience places, apprenticeships places and special support for 16 to 19-year-olds who want to get into apprenticeships.”