The number of jobseekers registered with employment service offices reached 212,500 in June, down from the 217,500 recorded in May, the Israel National Employment Service (INES) reported Wednesday.
The figures showed even stronger downward movement from the same period last year when 222,700 people had signed up.
INES said the number of new jobseekers entering the market in June totaled 17,400, of which 59.4 percent (10,300) had lost their jobs and 14.8%, or 2,600, were welfare recipients. Of the total, 78,900 applicants had been unemployed for more than 270 days.
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