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Wages are rising in Israel but not quite fast enough to keep pace with rising prices, according to figures released Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics. Average wages rose 36 percent last year while prices increased by 39 percent in the same period, according to the Bureau. In certain areas of employment wages outran price hikes. The average increase in agricultural wages was 49 percent last year and in industry, 44 percent. But in the services sector, the average wage rise was only 28 percent, the Bureau reported.

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