Only Half of Jobless Are Haredi or Arab

Israel has about 1 million citizens between the ages of 25 and 64 who don't work, the interministerial committee found, and contrary to popular opinion, only half of them are from "problematic" sectors - Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities.

While the half-million non-working "average citizens" includes disabled people, students and soldiers, most aren't working for more troublesome reasons - they're housewives, they retired early, they work in seasonal jobs or they simply can't find work.

The report also addressed the issue of 20- to 24-year-olds who don't serve in the army, don't study and don't work. Only 27% of Israelis between the ages of 15-24 work, compared to the 43% OECD average and 51% in the United States. Given that people within this age range also serve in the army, Israel has very low employment figures for young people.