Some 15,000 fewer citizens were reported to have been looking for work in March of this year than March 2006, according to results of a survey from the Israel Employment Services (IES) released Wednesday.
According to the survey, which polled thousands of companies and small businesses across the country, approximately 203,500 requests were received from "work-seekers," as compared to last March when 218,500 requests were submitted. Additionally, IES reported that in February of this year, 203,000 Israelis were seeking work, which is 6,000 fewer than the amount from this January, and 20,000 fewer than February 2006.
Separately, the employment tracker Ortel, reported that demand for workers grew 10% during the first quarter of this year, building on 5% growth during the last quarter of 2006.
In addition, during the first three months of 2007, Ortel said demand for workers in the financial sector grew 35%, in the customer service sector 10% and and 15% in the logistics field.