The number of unemployed people registered at the Employment Service rose two tenths of a percent in October to 189,500. The number of newly-unemployed people registered with the service fell by 100 (eight tenths of a percent) to 12,100.
Employment Service Director-General Boaz Hirsch said that these figures, combined with those from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), indicated an increase in the number of working people and a stable domestic job market. The CBS reported a 6.8-percent unemployment rate in September and an increase the labor force, aged 15 or older, from 63.6 percent to 64.2 percent between the second and third fiscal quarter. The number of job vacancies for October stood at about 68,000.