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Unemployment Dropping in Israel; Peak of Joblessness Reached in July. Official Reports

The upward trend of unemployment in Israel since the beginning of 1949 has finally been stemmed and is now on the decline, Shalom Cohen, director general of the Labor Ministry, declared last night on a nationwide broadcast. It was also learned today that the cost-of-living index in Israel fell six points in August.

The peak of unemployment was reached in July when 9,600 persons registered with government employment offices, Mr. Cohen declared, adding that the downward trend became apparent in August when 9,200 registered. As of September 1, he said, the total number of jobless men and women registered with his department was 9,064.

The Haifa-Tel Aviv railway line reopened today with the arrival of the first passenger train from Haifa at the new temporary station in north Tel Aviv. Service between the cities had been interrupted for 17 months, since the end of the British Mandatory regime. Part of the line has been rebuilt in Israel territory. The rails formerly passed through the Arab-held “triangle”– Nablus-Tulkarem-Jenin.