Palestinian unemployment rises by 190.5% since outbreak of uprising in September 2000
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Saturday that the Israeli daily aggressions against the Palestinian people, including the construction of the West Bank Wall and closure, damage the daily life in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (OPTs).
In a press release on "Statistical Monitoring of the Socio-Economic Conditions of the Palestinian Society (First Quarter- 2004)" PCBS said that Palestinian economy, education, level of poverty, health, labor market and unemployment rate were affected by the Israeli measures.
As a result of Israeli measures, since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000 a total of 144,932 Palestinians lost their jobs, 99,000 of whom worked in the Israeli labor market. The number of the unemployed rose sharply in the first quarter 2004 as compared to the third quarter 2000. It rose from 74,000 persons in the third quarter 2000 to 215,000 in the first quarter 2004, say a rise of 190.5%.
Unemployment in the West Bank rose sharply in the first quarter 2004. It rose from 38,000 persons in the third quarter 2000 to 137,000 persons in the first quarter 2004. In the Gaza Strip it rose from 36,000 persons in the third quarter 2000 to 78,000 persons in the first quarter 2004, the PCBS said. (menareport.com)
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