Concern has been voiced at new analysis which shows that real wages in Dumfries and Galloway have declined by almost a quarter since 2007.
The analysis, conducted by the STUC, shows that wages adjusted for inflation have fallen by 24.2% in the region compared with 6.4% for the country as a whole.
The STUC findings follow the latest labour market figures from the Office of National Statistics showing an increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in each of the past four months.
Commenting on the findings, South of Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish said: “The drop off in the spending power of people’s pay packets is alarming and underlines the real pressure being placed on households across the region to make ends meet.
“I am deeply concerned that wages are struggling to keep pace with rising energy, fuel and food prices and the impact this is having on local families.
“The drop in wages, along with increasing unemployment, reinforces the idea that Dumfries and Galloway has become a forgotten region and this must act as a wake-up call to the Scottish and UK governments to act to kickstart our economy and get people back to work.”