Number of unemployed people drops to 9% in 2005

The number of unemployed in Israel was decreased in 2005 to 248,000 people, representing nine percent of the available workforce, in contrast to 10% in the previous year. The number of people actively looking for jobs was likewise reduced. Army Radio reported that the number of people chronically unemployed - defined as those who do not work for at least 270 days a year - has increased by 4%.