Concern over Long-Term Unemployment in the Maryfield Ward 

14 August 2013

Councillor Georgia Cruickshank has expressed her on-going concern at the number of people in the Maryfield ward who are long term unemployed, that is, those people whio have been out of work for over 1 year.

Of those receiving Job Seekers Allowance last month (July) in the Stobswell area, 135 were long term unemployed.

Three years ago, in July 2010, the figure stood at 30.

Of those receiving Job Seekers Allowance last month (July) in the East Port area, 105 were long term unemployed.

Three years ago, in July 2010, the figure stood at 35

 Of those receiving Job Seekers Allowance last month (July) in the Baxter Park area

65 were long term unemployed.

Three years ago, in July 2010, the figure stood at 30

Overall  the total number of people on Job  Seekers Allowance last month in Stobswell, East Port and Baxter Park combined was just over 800.

 Councillor Cruickshank said,

“These long term unemployment figures are terrible and are an indictment of this Government’s record in office

 “Their attempts to get the economy moving have failed to make a difference to the number of long-term unemployed.

“This impacts upon not just the individuals concerned but their  families and the surrounding community.

“Until  there is a continual reductions in the number of long term unemployed then talk of an economic recovery is just empty words.”

 


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