96,000 Israelis Registered for Unemployment in Just 14 Hours
Since Covid-19 hit Israel’s economy at the beginning of March, 330,000 Israelis registered for unemployment, 13-times the number of people who registered in February
Since coronavirus (Covid-19) hit Israel’s economy at the beginning of March, 330,000 Israelis registered for unemployment, 13-times the number of people who registered in February, which saw 26,000 people register, according to government data.
Of the newly unemployed, 86% have been put on unpaid leave, 9% have been laid off, and 2% quit of their own volition. Over half, or 53%, of those who registered this month are male, while, routinely, women outnumber men among the unemployed.
In a Wednesday press briefing, Meir Spiegler, director-general of Bituah Leumi, Israel's national social security agency, said that due to the crisis, the country intends to increase the eligibility period for unemployment, which currently stands on between two and six months.