Israel’s unemployment rate reaches 17.6%; 62,000 jobless sign up in 24 hours

The Israeli Employment Service says 572,660 newly jobless Israelis have signed up for its services since the beginning of March, including some 62,000 over the last 24 hours.

Some 90% of them are on unpaid leave.

The country’s unemployment rate, which has more than quadrupled this month, has reached 17.6%.

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