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Number of jobseekers rises

July 15, 2009. Yael Gruntman

15,600 people lost their jobs in June.

The number of jobseekers rose by 0.8%, or 1,900 persons, to 231,500 in June from 229,600 in May, the Israel National Employment Service reported today. 15,600 people lost their jobs in June.

The number of jobseekers without higher degrees and who do not receive income support rose by 3.6%. The number of jobseekers with higher degrees rose by 3%, while the number of jobseekers who receive income support fell by 1.5% ,

33% of jobseekers, 76,300 persons, have been unemployed for at least 270 days in the past 12 months.

The Employment Service received 24,900 requests for workers in June, 8% more than in May. It placed 12,700 persons in June, 34.8% more than the 9,400 placements made in June 2008.

Employment Service director general Yossi Farhi said, "The slowing of the increase in the number of jobseekers can be attributed to the 25% decline in new lay-offs, who account for most new jobseekers. However, unemployment numbers are still rising, albeit more slowly."

Quarterly figures show that new lay-offs slowed to an average of 14,400 per month in the second quarter from 19,200 per month in the preceding quarter. Monthly lay-offs averaged 11,600 in 2007-08.

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