Unemployment keeps falling
The unemployment rate fell to 7.3% of the civilian labor force in February 2010, in trend figures, amounting to 218,000 persons, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced today. This is a substantial improvement in the unemployment rate from the 7.6% average in 2009, amounting to 230,000 persons.
The Central Bureau of Statistics also revised downward the unemployment figures since November 2009. The new, improved, numbers clearly show that the unemployment rate rose rapidly from 6% in August 2008 to peak at 7.9% in April-May 2009, when economic activity began to recover strongly. The unemployment rate has since dropped to 7.3%.
The Central Bureau of Statistics unemployment figures are published after a lag, because they are based on models and show the trend. The figures should therefore be taken with caution, and they are liable to change, and frequently are, especially when there is a change in trend, as is the case at present.
In late February, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported the full-year 2009 unemployment rate, based on its labor force survey, a much more reliable database. The survey showed that the unemployment rate was 7.6%, or 230,000 persons,
Yesterday, the Bank of Israel revised its unemployment rate forecast for 2010 to 7%, well below the level of 2009. It predicts a further drop to 6.7% in 2011.
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