Dundee still has the highest Job Seekers Allowance rate of the 4 main Scottish cities

15 May 2013

Kevin Keenan and Lesley Brennan

Dundee remains with the highest Job Seekers Allowance rate of the 4 main Scottish  cities , according to new official figures.

Data released yesterday from the Office of National Of National Statistics shows that last month there were 5,572 people claiming the unemployment-based benefit, representing a rate of 5.8 per cent.

The comparable rates for the other main Scottish cities were :

Glasgow 5.6% ; Aberdeen 1.9% ;   Edinburgh 3.2%

Commenting on the figures , Councillor Kevin Keenan, Labour Group Leader on Dundee City Council said,

“We need to bring together the best resources of our city to tackle youth unemployment, and help provide more positive destinations for our school leavers

“We need greater opportunities of well-paid jobs and  training for all of our unemployed and underemployed.

“We need new quality jobs to promote our city as a great place to live and work .”

Councillor Lesley Brennan, who works as an economist, said,

“There needs to be an end to the policies of a UK Government that has created low growth , insufficient  new jobs and greater borrowing just to keep skilled people who want to work out of work.

“ Dundee’s economy  needs a national insurance break for small businesses taking on new workers, a temporary cut in VAT, and accelerating investment in infrastructure to create new jobs in the city.”

A breakdown of the figures for areas of Dundee is given below

Number of unemployed (claimant count)  in Dundee     
( in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance )       
  2013 April       
  number  % rate  % male rate  % female rate 
Dundee overall         
by area of Dundee         
Adler 173 7.8 12.4 3.4
Balgay 130 4.1 5.7 2.6
Balgillo 61 1.5 2 0.9
Balgowan 221 6.3 8.8 4.2
Barnhill 49 1.6 2.6 0.7
Baxter Park 187 5.7 7.9 3.5
Bowbridge 251 8.4 11.8 4.5
Brackens 173 4.8 7.3 2.6
Broughty Ferry 72 2.3 3.5 1.3
Camperdown 283 8.6 12 5.7
Claverhouse 146 4.6 7.1 2.3
Craigiebank 113 4.8 6.8 3
Douglas 289 8.7 14.2 3.9
East Port 284 8.5 12.4 4.5
Fairmuir 221 7.9 12.4 3.4
Hilltown 317 8.5 12.5 4.7
Law 220 6.1 9.3 3.1
Lochee East 192 7.1 10.9 3.2
Lochee West 292 11 18.6 4.3
Logie 157 5.1 7.1 3
Longhaugh 299 8.1 12.2 4.7
Ninewells 214 6.5 9.8 3.5
Pitkerro 349 10 14.4 6.2
Riverside 52 1.4 1.9 0.9
Stobswell 342 11.3 16.9 6
Strathmartine 110 3.6 5.1 2.2
Tay Bridges 178 3.3 4.8 1.7
West Ferry 31 1.1 1.9 0.3
Whitfield 166 7 10.6 3.6
         

 

 

 

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