Dundee unemployment levels : majority of areas in the city are above the Scottish average
4 August 2011
Statement issued by Labour group leader Kevin Keenan calling on SNP Government Finance Secretary John Swinney to act on increasing unemployment in the city
"Unemployment in Dundee, as recorded by those claiming Job Seekers Allowance, has risen by almost 690 in the past year.
"The numbers have risen from 4,858 in June 2010 to 5,547 in June of this year.
"Not only is unemployment in Dundee above the Scottish average ( 5.9 per cent to 5.3 per cent ), but also the majority of areas of Dundee - 17 out of 29 - have unemployment levels that are above the Scottish average as well.
"In the past year , the numbers of unemployed rose in all but 5 of the 29 areas.
"Areas where unemployment rates are the highest are : Pitkerro ( 10.1 per cent ), Lochee West ( 10.0 per cent ) , Stobswell ( 9.4 per cent ).
"Having said that, we must never forget that each and every unemployed person in Dundee is 100 per cent unemployed.
“These figures show just how much unemployment is hurting Dundee more than Scotland overall.
“Economic activity in Scotland increased by a meagre 0.1 per cent increase in the first three months of this year, much less than the increase in the UK overall.
“That’s bad news for Scotland, but even worse news for Dundee.
“We need greater public investment in the city to create jobs , increase growth and sustain economic recovery.
“To take one example, we need to help our construction industry in the city , a sector where output has fallen in the same period.
"Dundee's SNP Council and the SNP Government signed an agreement that creating jobs was 'a priority', but have yet to deliver.
"They have let down everyone in the city.
" If they were confident that they could deliver, they would have invested in Education and not cut £4 million pounds from the city council budget.
“Finance Secretary John Swinney needs to state what action his Government will now take in light of these depressing Dundee unemployment figures.
“The SNP Government’s priority is working out the wording of a referendum on independence four to five years in the future.
“Dundee’s priority is jobs now."
Unemployment in areas of Dundee (as measured by those claiming Job Seekers Allowance)
||JSA claimants||JSA claimants||percentage|
||june '10||June '11||unemployed June '11|
|Source : Office of National Statistics||
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