Haredim in Bnei Brak
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A new report shows that the number of haredi men integrating into the workforce has slowed, and notes that the government will likely not meet the haredi employment goals it has set for itself.

According to the study, which was carried out by the Finance Ministry, only 51% of haredi men are working, 2% less than the 53% that were working in 2015, and 12% less than the projected goal of 63% the government wants to reach by 2020. The report showed, however, that the rate of haredi employment has jumped dramatically since 2001, showing a 13% growth between the years of 2001 and 2015.

The report also showed that the majority of haredi men entering the workforce today are between the ages of 25-34. In addition, it noted that the effort to integrate haredi women into the workforce has been a success; the state has already achieved its goal of 63% and is rapidly approaching the employment rate of non-haredi Jewish women.

The report blamed the "low-status work receives in the haredi world", noting unsurprisingly that haredi men put a higher value on Torah study than on employment and that married men who learn Torah full-time are considered on a higher status than those who work.

These findings are consistent with a study published in May by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), which said that the percentage of haredi men joining the workforce has come to a standstill for the second quarter in a row. According to the report, the percentage of haredi men who currently work is less than 50%, and in the first three months of 2017, only 49.6% of haredi men worked in a recognized workplace. The study can not measure haredi men who work for cash in unreported places of employment, as do non-haredi Israelis who wish to avoid paying income tax.