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Fewer jobs available

November 15, 2009. Globes: Yossi Nissan

The Central Bureau of Statistics today reported that the number of available jobs fell by 5,600, or 11.2%, in October 2009 to 44,200, from 49,800 in September. The largest drops in available jobs were in construction, manufacturing, and teaching.

The number of available jobs per month in June-October ranged between 42,000 and 50,000. Available jobs amounted to 2.1-2.4% of all jobs. The Central Bureau of Statistics says that it is able to calculate the effect of seasonable changes on the figures, including the Jewish holiday season and number of workdays.

The Central Bureau of Statistics initiated coverage of available jobs in May 2009, ahead of Israel's ascension to the OECD. The figure is one of several current indicators used for assessing the economic situation.

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