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Architects among hardest hit on dole queue

Some 20 professions were listed as having seen the biggest increase in benefits claimants and figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that between February 2008 and February 2009 the number of architects claiming benefits rose by 760% from 150 to 1290 – the biggest increase among recorded professions.

And industry experts have warned that the actual number of people in these professions now out of work is far higher than the ONS figures suggest.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said the figures came as no surprise and estimated that the level of unemployment and under-employment among its members to be least 30% higher than official figures.

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