Dundee employment trends

12 December 2009

Commenting on figures in the reply to her Parliamentary question on employment sector trends in Dundee, Marlyn Glen said,

"The terrible loss of 2,000 jobs in this difficult economic period will continue to require the counter measures that strengthen the city’s infrastructure through investment in skills and expertise that will be needed for the eventual robust economic recovery.

"Dundee’s future is firmly focused on using all of its economic drivers such as the University, the life sciences and technology and the public sector.

"The TUC estimate that for every £1 spent on public services to create jobs or to purchase supplies and services generates a further 64p for the local economy.

"Sectors such construction that have fared poorly need more Scottish Government-backed public investment projects.

"We need more investment as well in transport and communication , where 800 jobs have been shed, to keep this sector competitive in a global market.

"One promising achievement has been that manufacturing in Dundee has bounced back in the last year with 1,200 new jobs.

"The modest rise in the number of jobs in banking, finance and insurance will surprise many."

Answer to Parliamentary question

Employment

10 December 2009

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in Dundee in each f the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) sector and (b) gender.

John Swinney : The official source of employment levels by local authority is the Annual Population Survey (APS). The latest available APS data is for April 2008 to March 2009. Table 1 shows the number of people employed in Dundee and Angus in each of the last three years by sector and table 2 provides the data by gender.

Table 1: Employment Levels by Broad Industry Sector, 12 months to March, 2007, 2008, and 2009

 

Dundee City

 

2007

2008

2009

A-B: Agriculture and fishing

*

*

*

C,E: Energy and water

*

*

*

D: Manufacturing

6,900

5,600

6,800

F: Construction

4,900

5,000

4,100

G-H: Distribution, hotels and restaurants

13,800

13,400

13,500

I: Transport and communication

4,400

3,200

3,600

J-K: Banking, finance and insurance etc

7,100

7,600

7,200

L-N: Public admin, education and health

24,000

25,900

24,000

O-Q: Other services

4,200

5,500

4,000

All

66,400

67,000

64,400

Source: Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.

 

Table 2: Employment Levels by Gender, 12 months to March, 2007, 2008, and 2009

 

Dundee City

 

2007

2008

2009

Male

34,300

32,800

32,600

Female

32,000

34,300

31,800

All

66,400

67,000

64,400

 

 

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