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Unemployment in Israel Soars

Immigration is raising Israel’s unemployment rate, which soared to a record 11 percent in the last quarter of 1991 after dropping slightly in the previous quarter, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported.

Unemployment from July through September averaged 10.4 percent, down from 10.8 percent in the April through June period.

But 200,000 people were actively seeking work from October through December 1991, a 22 percent rise over the same period a year earlier.

The jobless rate has risen steadily since the beginning of the immigration wave. It averaged 10.6 percent for all of 1991, up from 9.6 percent in 1990 and 8.9 percent in 1989.