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Unemployed Start Sitdown Strike at Tel Aviv Labor Exchange

March 9, 1967
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A number of unemployed workers began a sitdown strike today in front of the Tel Aviv labor exchange, demanding immediate employment.

A Labor Ministry official reported last night that there were currently 96,000 unemployed workers in Israel and that this figure was expected to grow in the coming months. There have been some differences among Israeli officials on the exact number of jobless workers in Israel during the current economic slump.

The data last night were given by Nanoch Smith, the director of the manpower planning division of the Labor Ministry, in an address at a meeting at the Weizmann Institute. He stressed that his figures were not based on statistics of Israel’s labor exchanges, adding that not all of the jobless were registered at the exchanges.

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