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World Labor Body Reports on Conditions in Gaza, West Bank

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The most recent report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) commission on labor conditions in Israel’s occupied territories cited an alarmingly high unemployment rate among highly-educated youth and noted the persistence of a large black-market labor force. The commission will present the report for discussion at the annual ILO conference beginning June 4 in Geneva.

The report concluded that unemployment rates in the West Bank and Gaza Strip remained fairly constant since 1985. But the commission expressed concern about the roughly one third of high school and university graduates who are among the jobless.

Many of the unemployed architects, engineers and doctors leave the region and go abroad to find work, according to the commission. The report recommended a plan of economical development to create the need for the young university graduates in the West Bank economy.

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