The number of architects in claiming unemployment benefits in Britain has increased faster than any other profession, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The number of architects on benefit between February 2008 and February 2009 rose by 760%, from 150 to 1,290, according to the ONS.

The second biggest increase in those claiming state unemployment benefits was among architectural technologists and town-planning technicians. Other jobs related to the construction industry have also seen large increases.

By Staff writer.