Central Statistics Bureau: Most haredi men work

A radical change in the Haredi population: more than 50% of Haredi men are in the workforce.

Michal Levi,

Haredim in Jerusalem
Haredim in Jerusalem
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The Central Bureau of Statistics published a new report outlining labor trends in Israel. According to the report, the amount of haredi men in the workforce broke 50 percent during the second half of 2015. 

The report which was published on Monday by Channel 2 news, shows a continual increase in the amount of haredi men working since 2003, when the lowest number of haredi men in the workforce was registered. 

The percentage of haredi women working also saw a dramatic increase, having risen in the past few years from 51 percent to 73 percent. This figure is getting closer to the regular average for Jewish Israeli women who work, which ranks at 80 percent. 

Dr. Gilad Malach, a researcher of haredi society at the Israel Democracy Institute, said, "this gives a definition to haredi society, from a society that just learns to a society that works and learns."

"This change is not just one of statistical importance, but also one of sociological, cultural, structural and social importance especially within haredi society itself. It allows the government to shift focus and enter the next phase of employing haredim, changing from simply employing them to employing them at quality positions."