Unemployment in Dundee now at a 14-year high
19 July 2012
The number of people unemployed in Dundee last month rose to 6,011 ( 6.3 per cent)
The last time that figures were as high as this was in 1998. ( March 1998 - 6.3 per cent)
Commenting on them, Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council, said,
“As Scotland’s economic performance has worsened into a recession, so the number of those out of work in Dundee has risen to a 14-year high.
“I am particularly concerned about the level of long term unemployment amongst young adults , the 18-24 year old age group , in the city.
“Three years ago, 20 of that group had been out of work for more than a year.
“Today that figures stands at 340.
“ Unless both UK and Scottish Government’s tackle this problem effectively , then the legacy of having so many young people without a job will remain with the city for years to come.
“Dundee’s unemployment rate remains persistently above the Scottish average.
“Dundee needs action on the jobs front from both the UK and Scottish Government.
“Neither of their policies for jobs and growth is working for the city.
“We need a change of plan from both .”
Unemployment figures for Dundee ( numbers claiming Job Seekers Allowance) June 2012
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Source of data : Office of National Statistics
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