(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The number of layoffs increased by nearly 10 percent to 14,180 in July, while
the number of job seekers fell by 0.3%, the Employment Service reported
“Last month’s figures point to a mixed picture in the job
market,” Employment Service director Yossi Farhi said. “They showed four trends
in the labor market: The number of unemployed continued to fall, albeit at a
slower pace; the number of newly unemployed rose; the number of applicants for
income support declined; and worker demand increased.”
In July, 14,180
people lost their jobs, up 9.6% from 12,936 in June, the Employment Service
There were 7,686 women and 6,494 men who lost their jobs,
especially workers aged 25 to 34.
The number of workers who were
unemployed for more than two days in July fell 0.2% to 198,300, compared with a
drop of 0.5% to 198,600 in June. Since July 2009, the number of unemployed has
been declining at an average monthly rate of 0.8%. Sine the beginning of this
year, the fall in the number of unemployed has been slowing down from a rate of
1.3% to 0.2% in July.
The highest unemployment rate for July was in the
South (10%), followed by the North (9.9%), the Sharon region (5.9%), the
Jerusalem area (4.1%) and the Dan region (3.6%).
unemployment rate was 6.4%.
During July, the number of job seekers fell
0.3% to 205,203, in seasonally adjusted terms, from 206,770 in
About 41.1% of the job seekers were from Arab communities and
development towns, including 53,085 (25.4%) from Arab communities and 31,951
(15.7%) from development towns.
The total number of applicants seeking
income support in July fell 0.3% to 118,241, in seasonally adjusted terms, from
118,598 in June.
The number of applicants seeking income support for a
period of more than 270 days declined 0.8% to 74,750 in July from 75,334 in
The Employment Service received 26,688 job requests in July,
compared with 23,400 during the same month last year, representing an increase
“During 2010, the number of work requests rose by a monthly
average of 5.8% compared with 2009, during which the number of job requests
surged by a monthly average of 10.6% compared with the previous year,” Farhi