(photo credit: JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH)
One of the main factors identified with poverty is the low labor-force participation rate (LFPR). One of the Israel’s goals is to encourage economic growth and to break the cycle of poverty; therefore it is making great efforts to increase the LFPR among haredi men and Arab women. Currently, the national LFPR for haredi men stands at only 54%, and for Arab women 35%. Most of the resources spent by the state in Jerusalem are already concentrated on these two populations. In the capital, only 43% of haredi men participate in the workforce, which is lower than the national average. The rate for Arab women who work in the capital is also lower than the national average (22%).
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