Over 260 unemployed in construction trades in Dundee

1 September 2011

Councillor Kevin Keenan, Labour group Leader, said today that investment in the construction industry in Dundee should be a "priority of the Scottish Government."

He was responding to official figures showing that there are now 265 workers in the construction trade in Dundee who are unemployed.

He said,

" The health of the construction industry is a good indicator of the overall strength of the economy.

"Today, the shortage of work for 265 skilled construction workers in our city results from the near-standstill in economic growth.

"Instead, investment is our housing and schools is essential in order to boost this skilled sector, upon which so many other supply businesses depend.

"The Scottish Government cut Dundee's Affordable Housing Programme severely in recent years from £10million to £5.4 million, and we wait to see how well Dundee will fare under their new Innovation and Investment Fund.

"Difficult times call for decisive measures.

" Councils stand ready to play their role in reviving the fortunes of the construction industry which should be a priority for the Scottish Government."

Figures - those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance seeking jobs in the construction industry in Dundee , July 2011

Bricklayers, masons 25
Roofers, roof tilers and slaters 15
Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers 35
Carpenters and joiners 90
Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters 5
Plasterers 10
Floorers and wall tilers 30
Painters and decorators 55

Source : Office of National Statistics



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