Goals set for the employment of ultra-Orthodox women were achieved five years ahead of schedule, according to data presented to the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee on Wednesday.
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According to the Economy Ministry figures, the percentage of Haredi working women rose to 73.1% in 2015, from 61.5% in 2010. The target was for an employment rate of 63% by 2020.
The overall employment goal for all Israelis between 25 and 64 years – 76.5% by 2020 – was met in 2015, Knesset members were told. Employment for this age group was 76.9% last year.
But the goals for workforce participation for Haredi men and for Israeli Arabs have not been met.
Last year, 32.3% of Arab women worked, while the goal for 2020 is 41%. Last year 76.1% of Arab men of working age were employed, while the goal for 2020 is 78%. Workforce participation for Haredi men was 51.2% in 2015, while the goal for 2020 is 63%.
The Economy Ministry’s employment director, Michal Tzuk, said the budget for vocational training had more than doubled, to 115 million shekels in 2016, up from 50 million shekels in 2015.