job seekers in the Arab sector increased from 17.5% in March to 25% in April

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government May 10, 2020

In April, 177,000 new job seekers registered - down 76% compared to March, when the number of new unemployed was 756,000. According to an April report released by the Employment Service on April, an average of 6,200 new jobseekers were registered each day. Of the new jobseekers in April, about 21,000 were laid off (about 12%), compared with about 6% in March. This is due to a 79% reduction in the use of foreign currency. "The Employment Service expects many of the IDF job seekers to be laid off," it said.
The number of unemployed reached a record high of 1.15 million in April, which is 28% of the labor market (including the self-employed). This is a 16% increase over March, ending with the number of unemployed (unemployed and unemployed and unemployed) requiring just over a million. At the end of February, the unemployment rate stood at 3.9%, with only 162,000. It should be noted that these figures are different from the CBS data, because according to its definitions, most departures to the USSR are unemployed.
The Employment Service estimates that "the high rate of jobseekers will remain at two digits in the coming months, and many of the jobseekers will be laid off later. It is already clear that the return of many workers, especially among the weaker groups, will be long overdue, along with workers from industries affected by the Corona epidemic, such as the tourism sector. " 11.8%.
Another worrying figure: The percentage of income assurance claimants has almost doubled, from 2.95% in March to 5.7% in April. This seems to be due to the understanding of many unemployed people who are not entitled to unemployment benefits, so the income support claim is the only option available to them. The employment service expects that "as the crisis deepens, the rate of income assurance demands is expected to continue to rise".

A dramatic increase has occurred in the percentage of Arab unemployed, from 17.5% in March to 25% in April, precisely before Ramadan. There has also been a worrying increase in the proportion of 55-year-olds and older registered with the employment service, from 15% in March to 17% in April. Young people continue to be the biggest casualty group, and the proportion of young people up to 34 continues to be at 48% as in March but far more than in January (39%). The Employment Service warns that "the lack of a suitable and appropriate response to young people could damage the Israeli labor market in the coming years."
There was also a rise in the rate of new unemployed in manufacturing, from 4.2% of the new unemployed in March to 5.4% in April, and the administration (from 4.2% to 5.1% in April). This indicates the later impact of the crisis on those employed in these professions. The manufacturing industry is based on a backlog of orders from the past, which is expected to decrease later and increase unemployment.
Yankee applies to the maintenance and cleaning staff of the unemployed, from 3.6% of the new unemployed in March to 6.2% in April. In contrast, there has been a decline in the percentage of newcomers to unemployment from education, restaurant and sales, probably because these industries have taken many of their employees to the USSR already in March.
The city of Eilat, the ultra-Orthodox communities (Betar, Modi'in Illit, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh) and the Arab cities (Nazareth and Umm al-Fahm) continue to be the settlements with the highest rate of jobseekers. Thus, the unemployment rate in Eilat increased from 41% in March to April - 46% In this regard, the situation of the city of Holon, which ranks tenth in the unemployment rating, is very surprising, with 29%, despite its position in the seventh and highest socioeconomic cluster.
The Employment Service mentions that many budgets have been invested in recent years with haredim and Arabs at work. "Without appropriate response to these groups, the current situation could erode most of the achievements achieved in recent years."
The Employment Service states that the economy has already created a situation of underemployment. In this situation, more vacancies are contested for every vacancy. Therefore, there is more difficulty in finding a job, and many workers are compromising the type of work, the salary and the working conditions. This is a bad situation not only for the workers but also for the economy, as it harms the productivity of the compromised workers - and the entire GDP anyway.
Although the economy began in 19.4, only 18,000 people reported this month to the Employment Service that they returned to work. However, it is estimated that the number of returners to actual work was significant - many are unaware of the need for reporting, which could lead to an overpayment of unemployment benefits and the creation of Social Security debts.

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