Jim McGovern pushes UK government to take action on jobs for Dundee

2 February 2012

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, today asked the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to work with the Scottish Executive to promote job creation in Dundee.

Those on jobseekers allowance in Dundee West in December 2011 was 3,261 and 30% (995 individuals) of those were aged 18-24, above the average for the rest of Scotland.

Jim McGovern said;

"Dundee has a highly educated population and great potential, but unemployment remains stubbornly high.

"Youth unemployment is at a 17 year high across the UK.

"It simply isn’t good enough for the UK government to duck responsibility for these terrible figures.

"They need to rethink their damaging economic policies and put money into the economy to create jobs.

"The Scottish Executive has to use the powers it already has to promote economic growth in the city; the memorandums of understanding must turn into actual jobs on the ground.

"Spending their time plotting separation and blaming others for their lack of action does no good for real people in Dundee."



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