שלומי חג'ג', יושב מיואש מחוץ לחנות הנעליים שלו
Clearance sale at Ashkelon shop hit by coronavirus financial crisis
Photo: Assaf Kramer
Clearance sale at Ashkelon shop hit by coronavirus financial crisis

Employment service: 3 times more Israelis laid off in last 24 hours than rehired

Senior official says rise in unemployment possibly consists of workers previously furloughed but now fired by employers facing financial woes, notes government not funding vocational training

Billy Frenkel |
Published: 07.21.20 , 15:59
The National Employment Service reported on Tuesday that the number of people who were laid off in the previous 24 hours was more than three and a half times the number of people who returned to work after being placed on unpaid leave due to the coronavirus lockdown.
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  • The review said that 3,704 Israelis reported having been fired or placed on unpaid leave, compared to 1,033 people who reported returning to work.
    שלומי חג'ג', יושב מיואש מחוץ לחנות הנעליים שלושלומי חג'ג', יושב מיואש מחוץ לחנות הנעליים שלו
    Clearance sale at Ashkelon shop hit by coronavirus financial crisis
    (Photo: Assaf Kramer)
    Since the government began lifting some restrictions on the economy at the end of April, 407,360 people have reported returning to work while 172,408 people filed for unemployment benefits.
    The unemployment rate currently stands at 21.2%, meaning 862,438 people are seeking employment, among them 576,277 Israelis on unpaid leave.
    Employment Service Director Rami Garor said on Monday that this rise in unemployment probably mostly consists of furloughed workers who have been subsequently fired because of economic difficulties stemming from the pandemic, as well as temporary workers usually laid off during the summer months.
    אירוע ההקמה של איגוד המובטלים - שכירים, עצמאים, וכל נפגעי המשבר הכלכלי מתאגדים למאבק משותףאירוע ההקמה של איגוד המובטלים - שכירים, עצמאים, וכל נפגעי המשבר הכלכלי מתאגדים למאבק משותף
    Unemployed protesters demonstrate in Tel Aviv calling for government stipends
    (Photo: Yariv Katz)
    Garor also said that the employment service cannot offer job seekers vocational training courses because the government has yet to pass a budget.
    Meanwhile, a recently published National Bureau of Statistics report showed the number of available positions in the labor market grew in June after many businesses reopened as restrictions were lifted.
    June saw some 52,900 available positions compared to only 46,700 in May. However, this trend is expected to see a downturn in July due to the government reviving several restrictions on the economy.
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