(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The unemployment rate rose to a preliminary 6.8 percent of the civilian labor
force during November, up from 6.6% in August, the Central Bureau of Statistics
The November unemployment rate returned to its level in
The statistics bureau revised the October unemployment rate
from 6.6% to 6.8%.
The preliminary figures showed that the unemployment
rate has been rising since August, after four months during which it was
unchanged at 6.5%. Since the economy started to recover from the global crisis,
unemployment has declined gradually from 7.7% in April 2009 to 6.5% last
Last week, the Employment Service reported that 12,047 people lost
their jobs in December, down from 13,831 in November, for a decline of 12.9%.
Among the layoffs, 5,930 were women and 6,117 were men. The greatest
number of newly unemployed were within the age group of 25 to 34.
number of those unemployed for more than two days last month fell 0.2% to
185,000 compared with November. Since June 2009, the number of unemployed has
fallen from 212,000 to 185,000 in December.
The highest unemployment rate
(9.9%) was in the South, followed by the North (9.5%), the Sharon region (5.5%),
the Jerusalem area (3.8%) and the Dan region. The number of job seekers fell
from 201,075 in December to 203,665 in November, or down 1.3% in seasonally
Among job seekers, 52,793 came from Arab communities
(26.4% of the total), and 30,421 came from development towns (15.2%).
number of applicants seeking income support fell 1.4% in seasonally adjusted
terms to 115,522 in December, from 117,218 in November.