The unemployment rate in Dundee has risen slightly year-on-year, according to the latest UK Government statistics.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published new figures covering those who claim out-of-work benefits that it says better represents the city’s workforce.
Under the new “alternative claimant count” produced by the DWP, 4.5% of the city’s eligible workforce – or 4,421 people – aged 16-64 are not currently employed.
The figure, for November last year, is a slight rise on 2017 when 4.4% of the city’s workforce was out of work.
However, youth unemployment – covering 18-24 year-olds – has fallen by 6% in the last year and by more than a third since 2013.
Ministers claim the new figure is a more accurate measure of local labour markets.
Under the old system, the proportion of those claiming out-of-work benefits was 3.1% in November 2017, rather than what the government now says is the more accurate figure of 4.4%.
The claimant count covers people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and those required to look for work while on the new-style Universal Credit benefit, rolled out in Dundee in November 2017.
Jane McEwen, employment and partnership manager at the Dundee City Jobcentre, said she and her team were continuing to introduce initiatives to help those who can work find jobs.
She said: “We are working with Sinclair Wellbeing to deliver an employability provision for customers that includes increasing motivation and confidence.
“This employability course will also focus on health and wellbeing and how to become a ‘better version of yourself’.
“It also looks at body language and other aspects that employers notice.”
Dundee’s Jobcentre is also planning a number of events to support Hospitality Works, a national campaign to encourage an uptake in jobs in the service sector.
The campaign launches on February 14.
Across Scotland, unemployment has dropped below 100,000 for the first time.
UK Employment Minister Alok Sharma said the government’s “pro-business policies” have boosted job prospects.
He added: “There are 328,000 more people in work over the past year, almost entirely driven by full-time jobs as the government delivers an economy that works for the British people.”