The percentage of ultra-Orthodox men who are employed in the workforce has risen 7 percent since 2009, according to a Bank of Israel report released Tuesday.

According to the central bank’s analysis, the employment rate of Haredi men in Israel rose from 38 percent in 2009 to 45 percent in 2011.

Increasing the number of ultra-Orthodox Israelis in the workforce is a main objective of the Israeli government, which hopes to increase the employment rate in the Haredi sector to 63% by 2020.

The ultra-Orthodox in Israel have traditionally shunned the workforce in favor of Torah study and government subsidies. Recent years, however, have seen small but growing numbers of men and women join the workforce and attend professional training programs.