More than 13,000 workers joined the ranks of job seekers in April, the Employment Service reported Sunday. "In April, the number of job seekers rose by 3 percent, in seasonally adjusted terms," Employment Service director Yossi Farhi said. "Analysis of figures regarding new job seekers registered at the Employment Service points to a rising trend in the numbers but at a slowing pace. "In the months August to December of last year, the average monthly rate increased 4.5% over the previous month. This January, the rate rose by 4%, in February by 2.8%, in March by 1.5% and in April by 0.5%." An additional 13,060 people were laid off in April, which had only 13 working days because of Pessah, the Employment Service reported. The number of job seekers with at least two days of being unemployed rose 2.1%, in seasonally adjusted terms, to 213,000 compared with the previous month. The number of unemployed jumped 3.1% in January, 2.9% in February and 2.6% in March. "The rising trend in the number of unemployed is continuing," Farhi said. "Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed increased by an aggregate 23.3%." From May 2008 until this April, the number of unemployed increased by a monthly average of 1.9%, after four years when the monthly average declined by 0.5%. During April, the number of people who registered for work at the Employment Service rose 3%, in seasonally adjusted terms, to 235,000 from 228,600 the previous month. More than a third of the job seekers, 74,700, were out of work more than 270 days over the past 12 months. The national rate of those who were registered as being unemployed for more than two days rose to 6.9% in April. Demand for workers in April fell to 16,500 from 24,200 in March, the Employment Service reported. General-manufacturing workers were the most in demand, followed by sales and services staff and office clerks. Agricultural workers and managers were in the least demand.