"We Must Invest More in Improving the Working Skills of Our Young Adults" - Kevin Keenan

16 August 2013

Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council, has commented  on the latest official figures which show that the number of young adults in the 18-24 year age group in Dundee who have been out of work for over 6 months accounts for more than 1 in 3 of that group.

Last month there were 1,530 people in Dundee in the age group 18-24 who were claiming Job Seekers Allowance.  555 of them, more than one in three, had been out of work for 6 months or more.

Councillor Keenan said,

“We must invest more in improving the skills of our youngest adults because they  are at the beginning of their working lives.

“We need to ensure that training for jobs leads to a job at the end of training.

“Any period of unemployment in that early part of a working life can reduce the prospects of secure employment as well as income over the longer term.

 “The individual risks being cut off from the labour market, the opportunity to upgrade skills and the general health benefits that having a job has over  not having one.

 “The local economy loses through lost output, and there is less to spend on local goods and services. “

The total number for the claimant count for Job Seekers Allowance across all age groups in Dundee for July was 5,490 (5.7 per cent.)

Dundee continues to have the highest percentage claimant count figures of the 4 main Scottish cities.

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

Number of unemployed (claimant count)  in Dundee     
( in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance )       
  August 2013      
  number  % rate  % male rate  % female rate 
Dundee   5,490 5.7 8.2 3.4
Scottish average   4.6 5.8 3.2
by area of Dundee        
Adler 183 8.2 12.3 4.5
Balgay 120 3.8 4.8 2.9
Balgillo 43 1.0 1.4 0.7
Balgowan 235 6.7 8.3 5.4
Barnhill 48 1.6 2.0 1.2
Baxter Park 181 5.5 7.7 3.4
Bowbridge 239 8.0 11.0 4.6
Brackens 176 4.9 7.2 2.8
Broughty Ferry 67 2.2 3.3 1.2
Camperdown 294 8.9 12.4 5.9
Claverhouse 144 4.5 6.5 2.7
Craigiebank 127 5.4 6.8 4.0
Douglas 273 8.2 12.2 4.8
East Port 295 8.9 12.6 5.0
Fairmuir 201 7.1 10.8 3.6
Hilltown 306 8.2 12.1 4.5
Law 212 5.9 8.2 3.6
Lochee East 194 7.2 9.8 4.5
Lochee West 267 10.1 16.3 4.5
Logie 158 5.1 6.9 3.2
Longhaugh 305 8.2 11.6 5.5
Ninewells 213 6.4 9.5 3.7
Pitkerro 327 9.3 13.7 5.6
Riverside 58 1.6 2.3 0.9
Stobswell 330 10.9 15.7 6.3
Strathmartine 109 3.5 4.8 2.4
Tay Bridges 202 3.7 5.4 2.1
West Ferry 29 1.0 1.5 0.5
Whitfield 154 6.5 9.6 3.5
         

Source : Office of National Statistics

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