Just a Third of New Olim Working

Unemployment among immigrants increased significantly in 1990 and only a third of the new arrivals found jobs during the second quarter of 1991, according to a survey conducted by the Labor Ministry’s Employment Division and released Monday.

Among 200,000 olim age 15 and over who arrived in Israel since the beginning of 1990, only 54,000 are employed, the ministry reported. At the time of the survey, 33,000 were actively seeking jobs.

The immigrant unemployment rate, which was 30 percent in the first half of 1990, rose to 44 percent in the second half of the year.

So far this year, it is 32 percent.

Meanwhile, the immigration of Ethiopian Jews has resumed at the rate of about 200 a week, as a result of the new Ethiopian government’s policy of allowing citizens to emigrate freely.

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