Unemployment soars by 70 per cent amongst 18-24 year olds in Dundee

8 November 2011

The number of unemployed 18-24 year olds in Dundee has risen by over 70 per cent in the past 4 years.

Last month , September 2011, there were 1,690 such people in Dundee unable to find work.

Four years ago, in September 2007, the number was 980.

Virtually every area of the city has seen the toll of young jobless rise.

Commenting on the figures, Councillor Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council said,

" Those who will be the future generation that shapes Dundee are being hit particularly hard by the current economic situation as unemployment continues to rise and as public sector funding is cut more.

" The jobs in the private sector that were supposed to have been created by the cutbacks haven’t materialised , the deep cuts in benefits means even less money to spend which in turn will damage the local economy.

"The Government must respond to the growing demands for new policies that puts jobs first.

" Young age groups like the 18 to 24 year old age group are particularly important not just for themselves because it’s when people enter their first job after school, college or university.

"It’s also important for the city itself .

"The future success of the city depends on them being in sustained employment."

Unemployment amongst 18-24 year olds in Dundee

September 2011 compared with September 2007

area of Dundee Sept 2011 Sept 2007

 
number number
Ardler 55 20
Balgay 30 20
Balgillo 25 10
Balgowan 95 55
Barnhill 25 10
Baxter Park 65 25
Bowbridge 50 35
Brackens 70 35
Broughty Ferry 20 10
Camperdown 85 40
Claverhouse 60 45
Craigiebank 30 10
Douglas 85 55
East Port 85 35
Fairmuir 50 20
Hilltown 85 70
Law 70 45
Lochee East 50 25
Lochee West 80 40
Logie 50 20
Longhaugh 100 60
Ninewells 60 45
Pitkerro 105 80
Riverside 20 10
Stobswell 90 50
Strathmartine 50 25
Tay Bridges 70 50
West Ferry 15 10
Whitfield 45 45

 

 

 
Total for Dundee 1,690 980

 

Source of data : Office of National Statistics

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