Demand for workers down 17.8% from November of last year
Compared with October, demand for workers was up 16%, or 2,738 jobs.Israel National Employment Service director general Esther Dominicini said today that demand for workers fell 17.8% in November 2006 to 19,900 jobs from 24,200 jobs in November 2005. However, compared with October 2006, demand for workers was up 16%, or 2,738 jobs.
The data is original numbers, and not corrected for seasonal factors, such as holidays and actual work-days during the month. There were only 16 work-days in October because of the holidays, compared with 22 work-days in November. On the other hand, the Employment Service was closed for three days because of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) led public sector strike.
Average monthly demand for workers at the Employment Service was 20,600 in January-October, the same as in 2005. 46% of the demand for workers, 9,144 jobs, were for unskilled workers, and 54%, or 10,729 jobs, were for skilled workers.
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