TEL AVIV (Jul. 13)
New claims for unemployment insurance rose by 21.6 percent last month, but total unemployment claims remained stable at 83,000, the National Insurance Institute reported Sunday.
New claims rose to 14,000 in June, up from 11,500 in May, which had been 25 percent below March’s peak of 15,330.
Since the beginning of the year, total claims for unemployment compensation have risen by about 14 percent. There has been an 11 percent increase in new claims since January and a 15 percent rise in the number of continuing claims.
The National Insurance Institute noted that some 15 percent of last month’s claimants were new immigrants, while 16 percent were newly demobilized soldiers.