Women, young employees bear brunt of layoffs
The Israel National Employment Service reports that the number of unemployed reached 216,000 in September 2009, 0.5% more than in August, in trend figures. The pace of increase in the unemployment rate slowed from an average of 1.9% per month between August 2008 and June 2009.
15,716 employees lost their jobs in September, compared with 15,120 employees in August (original figures). 55% of the laid off employees were women, and 45% were men. 6,093 of the laid off employees were aged 25-34.
226,500 jobseekers applied to the Employment Service in September, down from 236,000 in August. However, excluding seasonal factors and the holidays, the number of jobseekers rose by 2.9% to 236,400 in September from 229,700 in August.
Employment Service director general Yossi Farhi said, "Analysis of the figures for jobseekers, the newly unemployed, and layoffs in September indicates that the growth in unemployment is continuing to slow. September was also characterized by further involvement of the Employment Service in job placement, ranging from placing sales and service employees to skilled workers in manufacturing, people with higher degrees, and clerical staff, as well as free professionals and technicians. We placed an all-time record of 14,773 people during September, 5.5% more than the 14,000 people we placed in August."
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