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Unemployment Down, but Cares Remain

The number of job-seekers in Israel dropped last month another 3.7 percent, down to 118,000, continuing the trend of decreasing joblessness seen in the last few months.

But despite the positive figures, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Ora Namir expressed concern Wednesday that the overall unemployment situation was not getting any better.

There is still a high rate of unemployment in the development towns. Many unemployed found government-created jobs, and their employment does not reflect a real change in the employment scene.

Namir noted a decrease in the number of job offers. She pointed out that only some 20,000 unemployed have found jobs since the closure of the territories imposed three and a half months ago. “I am very disturbed,” she said.

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