Jim McGovern calls on government to do more to tackle unemployment in Dundee

19 August 2011

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, today called on the government to do more to tackle unemployment in Dundee

It has been announced that the number of people unemployed in the UK had risen by 38,000 to 2.49 million in the three months to June 2011.

In Dundee there are 424 more people unemployed since July last year, 180 more than in June 2011.

The total number of people unemployed in Dundee West stands at 3,516, or 9.2% of the economically active population.

Dundee West is ranked as the 71st highest for total unemployment out of the 650 Westminster constituencies.

Jim McGovern said,

“These unemployment numbers are unacceptable.

"While there has been some improvement as a whole in Scotland, Dundee has seen very little benefit.

“Savage cuts and economic mismanagement in Westminster and a directionless administration in Holyrood are serving the people of Dundee very badly indeed.

"Cities like Dundee need to see economic growth and those in charge have failed to deliver that.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“I urge the Scottish government to do more to support Dundee, to support new businesses and new jobs and I urge the Conservative-led government in Westminster to think again on their economic policy and cuts agenda.

"Growth is stagnating and unemployment is up.

"George Osborne’s plan A simply isn’t working.

"It’s time he swallowed his pride and changed direction.”

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