JERUSALEM (Aug. 18)
Seventy-seven per cent of Israel’s males over 14 years of age, and 28 per cent of women above that age, are gainfully employed, according to statistics published here today. Married women make up more than two-thirds of the female labor force.
The data also cited a survey which indicated that 13 per cent of Israel’s Jews over the age of 14 had no schooling whatever, while another 8 per cent had less than four years of schooling. Among Israel’s Arabs, half of those 14 years and older had never attended any school.
Indications that the non-Jewish portion of the population had a far higher fertility rate than the Jews were buttressed by population data indicating that the annual increase in the Jewish population was 1.1 per cent compared with 4 per cent for the minority groups. A projection of the current fertility rates for the two groups of women to 1967 was listed, excluding immigration. The projection indicated that the Jewish population would increase by 130, 000 to a total of 2, 200, 000 by that year while the non-Jewish minorities would increase by 60, 000 to a total of 320, 000.