Councillors comment on new report on Dundee's prospects     

22 January 2013

Dundee City councillors Kevin Keenan and Lesley Brennan have commented on a new report which shows Dundee  amongst the lowest 10 of 64 cities studied  for a range of social and economic indicators that will impact negatively on its prospects for sustained growth.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Kevin Keenan, Labour Group Leader on Dundee City Council , said,

“These new figures underline the need for more long-term investment in the city’s infrastructure. 

 “The responsibility rests on the Scottish Government to indicate the “shovel ready” projects  that it will support to benefit the city by boosting growth and creating jobs”

Councillor Lesley Brennan , an economist, said,  

“The fall in the numbers employed in the private sector results from cuts in public spending. 

“The private sector is heavily dependent upon public spending on houses, roads, schools and city development projects. “

The report found the following :

Population growth 

Dundee is amongst one of the slowest growing cities for population with an increase of just 1,500 in the ten year period from 2001-2011

Business start up rates 

Dundee is amongst the 10 lowest cities in this category  (page 42)

Business start ups per 10,000 of population in 2011  23.0 

Business closures per 10,000 of population in 2011  20.6

Patents approved 

This is a measure of the level of innovation 

Dundee is amongst the 10 lowest with a rate of 1.4 per 100,000 of population.

 Claimant Count 

Dundee is amongst the top 10 of cities studied for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance

In November 2012 the overall rate was 5.6

Level of Private Sector Employment Growth 

Dundee is amongst the 10 cities with the lowest level of growth in jobs in the private sector.  

In the period 2010 to 2011, Dundee lost a net 1,100 jobs in the private sector.

Lowest Earnings Growth 

Dundee is amongst the lowest 10 cities studied for growth in earnings.

Average weekly earnings in the city in 2012 were £410. This represents a drop of £21 in real terms over the previous year.


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