Unemployment : Dundee continues to have the highest rate of the four main Scottish cities
12 September 2012
Councillor Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council , has responded to new official figures showing Dundee remains with the highest level of unemployment amongst the four main cities of Scotland
In August unemployment in Dundee rose again, even higher than its 14 year peak the previous month, and continued to be above the rate for for Glasgow.
The number out of work in the city ( in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance) in August rose to 6,140 - an unemployment rate of 6.5 per cent.
The unemployment rates for the other man Scottish cities are
Glasgow 6.1 per cent overall
Edinburgh 3.3 per cent
Aberdeen 2.2 per cent
Kevin Keenan said,
“The rise in unemployment means that the jobs market in the city becomes even harder for many people with over 8 unemployed people chasing each vacant job.
“Climbing out of the recession will be more difficult in Dundee because its unemployment rate has been consistently above the Scottish average.
“Our number one priority remains putting the city back to work, making use of Dundee’s potential to create growth, and help our businesses to recover”
Councillor Keenan has said that Dundee is ,
“crying out for action on jobs and the local economy.”
He has proposed a range of measures such as :
- Bringing forward investment projects
- Giving small firms a one year national insurance tax break to allow them to take on extra workers
-A temporary cut in the UK Government's VAT rise which would mean a £450 boost for families with children.
-A cut in VAT on home improvements to 5% for a year to help homeowners and small businesses
- A fair and just tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund a real jobs guarantee for all young people out of work for a year and help build many more affordable homes.
|Unemployment in Dundee by area||
Office of National Statistics
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