By Kobi Yeshayahou
Israel’s unemployment rate was 5 percent in May, 0.2% higher than April’s 4.8% rate, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday.
The number of participants in the labor force among those aged 15 and over reached 3.833 million in May, of whom 3.643 million were employed and 190,000 unemployed. There were 1.925 million employed men, compared with 1.921 million in April and 1.717 million employed women, compared with 1.718 million in April.
The statistics bureau also reported that the number of those employed full-time (35 hours a week or more) was 5.95 higher than in April (136,000 more employees), while the number of part-time employees (less than 35 weekly hours) declined by 3/5% compared with April (34,000 fewer employees).