Dundee unemployment rate stands at 10 per cent
2 January 2013
Two Dundee City councillors are highlighting the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) “model-based “ unemployment estimates for local authorities which show an unemployment rate for Dundee of just under 10 per cent compared with the 5.7 per cent rate from the ONS’s monthly claimant count for Job Seekers Allowance. (JSA) .
The figures are compiled on a different basis.
Labour group leader Kevin Keenan and Councillor Lesley Brennan, who works as an economist, are doing so, they say, to show that Dundee needs “a larger slice of the capital funding made available by the Chancellor to Scotland for job-creating projects for our city”
Using both sets of figures “gives a more complete picture of unemployment in our city” than the JSA figures on their own.
According to the ONS, the number of claimants for Job Seekers Allowance in Dundee last month (November 2012) stood at 5,401 or 5.7 per cent .
The latest ONS’ additional “model-based” figure for unemployment in Dundee records the level at 7,000 or 9.9 per cent . This refers to the period July 2011-June 2012.
Councillor Kevin Keenan said,
“ Whichever way unemployment in Dundee is measured, their conclusions point to the same remedy.
“We need to spend prudently on community-based infrastructure projects such as the provision of better flood defences, road construction and repair, new schools and new affordable homes
“Not only would this provide jobs now but it would also provide long-term benefit for the city.
“Employment in this city is unacceptably high and real help is required.
“The Chancellor of the Exchequer made capital funds available to Scotland within his autumn statement to be spent on these types of projects.
“Labour whilst calling for action, would be prepared work with the Council’s SNP administration in calling on the Scottish Government to deliver Dundee a larger slice of this capital funding now to deliver jobs
“We have an endless number of shovel ready projects.
“It’s down to the Scottish Government to make them happen by providing the funds.
“Let’s get Dundee back working.”
Councillor Lesley Brennan said,
“We need more high quality jobs to put more spending power into the local economy to help create even more jobs.
“In the past year in Dundee, median gross full-time employment weekly pay fell by over 3 per cent, while it increased in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
“ Weekly pay in Dundee has been over £110 per week less than in Aberdeen , over £100 less than in Edinburgh, and over £40 less than in Glasgow. “
These latest figures are based on the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) measurement of unemployment which defines “unemployment “ to include all of those out of work who are without a job, are actively seeking one, and are available to begin work, irrespective of their eligibility for a particular form of benefit.
This ILO method is the government’s preferred measure of unemployment.
The rate of unemployment calculated on this basis is a percentage of those who are classified as “economically active”.
In contrast, the rate as calculated via the numbers claiming Job Seekers Allowance is a percentage of the 16-64 year old working population.
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