Over 600,000 Israelis looking for work

Unemployment has reached 18.6% with over 600,000 newly unemployed people now looking for work amid the coronavirus crisis, the Israeli Employment Bureau reports.

Over 31,000 people registered as job-seekers over the last day, a slight drop from the 38,000-plus who registered a day earlier.

A man wearing protective clothes in downtown Jerusalem on March 20, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

In total, 615,834 Israelis registered as out of work since the beginning of March, with 91 percent of them saying they have been placed on unpaid leave, according to the bureau.

The bureau expects the number to reach 1 million by Passover in early April, according to Army Radio.

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