Unemployment up by 700 in Dundee year-on-year
Councillor Kevin Keenan
23 October 2011
Councillor Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee District Council , responded to the latest figures on unemployment in Dundee showing a rise of almost 700 in 12 months, saying :
"The rise in unemployment in the city over the past year has shown that neither the policies of Tory Chancellor George Osborne nor of the SNP Government in Scotland has worked for Dundee.
"In contrast, Labour has already called for a £2billion tax on bankers’ bonuses, some of the money from which would go towards constructing up to 2,500 more affordable homes in Scotland and which would also find jobs for young people.
"We also want the acceleration of programmes of long-term investment involving schools, roads and transport - to get more people back to work, and bringing to a halt the SNP government's cuts to colleges in Scotland such as our own Dundee College.
"We want the rise in VAT imposed in January reversed for a temporary period to help boost high street business, families and pensioners.
"A full one year cut in VAT to 5% on home improvements, repairs and maintenance would definitely help homeowners and small businesses, and a 12 month national insurance tax break for every small firm which takes on extra workers – helping small businesses to grow and create jobs."
Number of unemployed in Dundee ( as measured by those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance) Download this data >>>
September 2011 compared with September 2010
|area of Dundee||Sept 2011||
||number||% rate||number||% rate|
|Total for Dundee||5468||5.8||4778||5|
Source of data : Office of National Statisticstop
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