Employment service: Some Israelis may stay jobless for years after crisis ends

The Israeli Employment Service says over 48,000 people have registered as unemployed since the beginning of Israel’s third national lockdown last week.

It said some 20 percent of that number did so for the first time, 25% for a second time and 55% for a third time since the pandemic began.

Service chief Rami Garor said some people were in a “revolving door” situation and would likely return to work once the lockdown ends, and that he was more troubled by “the future of those job seekers who have been [without work] for long months… their reintegration into the workforce will be very challenging and could take many months and even years after the crisis ends.”