The number of unemployed architects has fallen for the third month in a row - drropping below the ‘out of work’ levels in March (2009)
There are currently 1,455 people claiming unemployment benefit and stating their usual occupation to be ‘architect’. This compares with 1,595 people in November and 1,765 in October.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for December, 600 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.
Prior to the credit crunch the average number of architects claiming the dole was around 225.