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Number of jobless architects drops as national dole queue grows

Architects appear to be bucking the ‘concerning’ national unemployment trend following a drop in the number claiming unemployment benefit

Between November and December, the total number of people across the UK claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance rose by 1,200 to 1.6 million - a 17-year high.

However according to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) official labour market statistics for last month, there were only 1,000 people signing on and stating their usual occupation as architect. This is a drop from 1,030 in November.

The unemployment total for architects peaked at 2,055 in August 2009 and hit a recent low of 950 in May 2011.

Commenting on the ‘worrying’ national figures, employment minister Chris Grayling told the BBC: ‘The overall level of unemployment is, and will remain, a major concern for the government.

‘However, I should say that these figures are much more complex than the headlines first suggest. In reality, the number of people in employment has gone up; the level of people on Jobseeker’s Allowance, when you take into account changes in our welfare system, has actually gone down slightly; the number of people on out of work benefits has come down over the last few months since the general election.’

Unemployment figures for architects (December 2011)

Unemployment figures for architects (December 2011)

 

 

 

 

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