The number of people claiming job seekers allowance in the North-east has risen by more than 2,000 on this time last year.
The latest government figures show claimants are up 92% year-on-year in Aberdeenshire, with 995 more claimants, and up 69% in Aberdeen, with 1,120 more claimants.
Department for Work and Pensions senior operations manager for Aberdeen Alan Kane said the continuing oil price downturn was at the root of the increase in job seekers.
He said: “The figures for the city and Aberdeenshire are just reflecting the impact of the downturn in the oil and gas sector.
“There is no doubt that impact has been felt.
“However, we have put new staff in place ready for the year ahead and I’m confident about the position we are in to support people.”