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Architect unemployment drops again

The number of unemployed architects has fallen for the third month in a row, with levels now close to where they stood in April (2009)

There are currently 1,595 people claiming unemployment benefit and stating their usual occupation to be ‘architect’. This compares with 1,765 in October.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for November, 460 fewer architects are claiming unemployment benefit than at the peak of the recession in August this year, when 2,055 were on the dole. This was the highest figure ever recorded for the profession and equated to just over six per cent of all registered architects.

However, the most recent November figures show just below 5 per cent of all registered architects are now unemployed.

There are still over twice as many unemployed architects than there were this time last year when 680 were claiming benefit. 

Readers' comments (3)

  • "Architect unemployment drops again....twice as many unemployed architects than there were this time last year". For the benefit of those younger members of the architectural press not aquainted with the Ministry of Truth, we're not "unemployed" we're "job seekers". There is a real story lurking here, but I doubt the AJ has the ability to find it.

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  • Most of them are probably working in tesco.. Does this include only registered architects? I doubt a pole of part 1 and 2 assistants would show such favourable figures.

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  • I'm an Architectural Technician in the West Midlands and I actually think its worse now than it was a year ago, I can't get anything at all its frightening!!

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