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Do you feel more secure now than a year ago, regarding your social standing, your job and your quality of life? If so, you aren't alone. The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel found a surprisingly high 16.7% increase in the sense of security Israelis felt in 2010 compared with the year before, after three years of decline, it announced yesterday.

The "Taub index" is based on an annual survey. In 2010 the index reached 66 points, its highest point since the organization was established in 2001. In 2009, the index was nine points lower.

The survey covers changes in the standard of living, the sense of vulnerability to violence, economic security and fear of joblessness.

Tthe most modest increase was among people earning well above the average, though their overall index reading remained highest, at 74.4 points, up from 72.6. The reading for the group of people earning just over the average wage rose to 72 points in 2010, from 61 in 2009, an increase of 18%.