October unemployment falls to 8.9%

The 245,000 people listed as unemployed did not work even one hour in the week surveyed, despite having actively sought employment for at least the previous four weeks and indicating that they would start working that week if offered an appropriate job.

Some 8.9 percent of Israel's civilian labor force was unemployed in October, down from an updated 9% in September and 9.1% in both July and August, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday, citing trend data. A source in the CBS said the third-quarter unemployment figure of 8.9% released last month could ultimately be adjusted to reflect the updated numbers. The 245,000 people listed as unemployed did not work even one hour in the week surveyed, despite having actively sought employment for at least the previous four weeks and indicating that they would start working that week if offered an appropriate job.
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