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Unemployment down in Israel

December 25, 2006. Ynet
Number of people who turned to National Employment Service drops, totals 207,000 unemployed in November, down from October's figures. Number of academic jobseekers down by 6.6 percent, non-academic by 3.7 percent

Jobseekers in November dropped 2.8 percent from October figures according to National Employment Service figures. The total number of jobseekers on the market is 207,000.

The number of academic jobseekers who aren't collecting unemployment dropped by 6.6 percent, while the number of non-academic jobseekers dropped by 3.7 percent. Figures for those collecting unemployment also decreased by 1.8 percent.
In November, there was a 1.9 percent decrease in new jobseekers joining the market in contrast with last month. November's new jobseekers total 17,900. Overall, in the year 2006, the number of new jobseekers entering the job market dropped by .9 percent.

Within the last 12 months, 39.4 percent of jobseekers collected more than 270 days of unemployment benefits. This represents the core of those unemployed.

Jobseekers from Arab towns and development towns make up 40 percent of all jobseekers, a rate which is higher than their relative representation in the general population.

Director-General of the National Employment Service Esther Dominiski said: "At the end of 2006, there are clear statistics showing an improvement in the market's unemployment situation.

There was been a noticeable downward trend of jobseekers and unemployed in relation to 2005. This is a drop of 5.4 percent in the average number of jobseekers per month, a decrease of 6.4 percent of unemployed per month.

There was an increase in the number of full-time jobs in the market and decrease in the number of part-time jobs, which is a welcome and encouraging trend in the Central Bureau of Statistics
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