Job losses up steeply
The Israel National Employment Service today reports that the number of jobseekers fell 0.3% to 304,300, seasonally adjusted, in July compared with the 205,770 jobseekers in June. The number of people fired from their jobs rose 9.6% to 14,180 (in original figures) in July from 121,936 persons in June.
The total number applicants for income support fell 0.3% to 118,241 in July (seasonally adjusted), compared with June. The number of hard-core applicants for income support (more than 270 days) fell 0.8% to 74,750 in July from 75,334 in June.
The breakdown of jobseekers by location shows that 41.1% came from Arab communities and development towns. 25.4% of all jobseekers were in Arab communities (53,085), and 15.7% were in development towns (31,951).
Employment Service director general Yossi Farhi said, "The Employment Services' figures for July show the four following trends: first, the number of unemployed continued to fall, albeit more slowly than in preceding months; second, the number of new jobseekers, including newly unemployed, rose by 1.2%; third, a drop in the number of applicants for income support; and fourth, a large number of requests for workers."
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