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Unemployment balloons again – 2,000 architects now on the dole

The number of jobless architects is back on the rise according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures

After only a minor increase in June – when just 15 new claims were registered – it was hoped the number of out-of-work architectural professionals would begin to fall. However, another 205 architects joined the dole queue last month.

There are now 1,985 architects claiming benefits – five times more than the average over the past four years. The figures also mark a 700 per cent increase on the number of jobless architects registered this time last year.

The news comes as the government announced that the UK economy has highest level of unemployment since 1995, with a total of 2.4 million jobless.

The number of architects currently unemployed accounts for around 6 per cent of registered architects in the UK.

Sarah Akigbogun, who writes a blog called The Recession Diaries, is still unemployed after being made redundant at Alsop Architects seven months ago. She said: ‘[Unemployment] can be financially devastating but that doesn’t necessarily mean, at the same time, it can’t be creatively exciting.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • I'd agree Andrew, being in a similar situation myself and not able to claim benefit, I'd say there must be many more. I'd also add that the situation will be even worse because assistants and technicians will also be 'under the radar'.

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  • Clearly the whole unemployment count is massively flattered. It seems clear that one of the main reasons for Blair's arbitrary "50% in higher education" (regardless if they want to or industry needs it) was to ensure that another million of so young people remained off the unemployment figures. As the above two commentators have already said, the majority of unemployed architects will find themselves technically unable to claim by virtue of having been prudent and put money aside in savings. The true figure is, as in the case of real UK unemployment, likely to be between 30-50% higher than the statistic. Meanwhile, bankers buoyed by public money are already telling us the good times are ahead. I think not.

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