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Number of unemployed architects drops again

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The level of unemployment among architects has fallen to a record low, according to official data

Figures for August, just published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that just 105 architects were unemployed and claiming job-seekers allowance.

The number is the lowest-ever reading for the current dataset, which goes back to 2005. Joblessness in the sector peaked in August 2009, when some 2,055 architects were registered unemployed and claiming the benefit in the wake of the global financial crisis.

The last rise in unemployment among architects came between December 2014 and January this year, since when the profession’s jobless count has been decreasing by around 10 a month.

An improving picture for architects does not appear to be reflected in the wider economy, where the employment picture is more mixed.

Quarterly figures from the ONS also published today said there were 1.82 million unemployed people in England in the May-to-July quarter, up 10,000  from the figure for the previous three months. However, the number of people in work increased by 42,000 to 31.09 million over the same period.

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