133,000 Israelis file for unemployment for the second time since March

Tuesday saw 14,723 people register for unemployment, pushing the total number of Israelis now searching for work amid the pandemic-induced downturn to 909,460, according to figures published today by the Employment Service in the Labor Ministry.

Of those, at least 573,000 are currently on indefinite unpaid leave from employers who don’t know if they will be able to hire them back.

Just in the past two weeks, 178,000 Israelis have filed for unemployment. Three-quarters of them, or 133,000, were doing so for the second time since the start of the pandemic in March, the figures show.

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