“Many Israelis will remain unemployed until at least 2022, they must not be abandoned”

Senior officials at the Berl Katzenelson Foundation claim that the government’s policy of returning the unemployed to the labor market, which includes the abolition of the entitlement of most people aged 45 and over to unemployment benefits, has failed. The fund emphasizes that some 69,000 people are expected to lose their entitlement to unemployment by the end of this week by the end of the week. They added that the slow recovery rate of the employment market could leave most of them without work and without unemployment benefits.

Aviad Huminer-Rosenblum, policy director and researcher at the Berl Katzenelson Foundation, has signed a new policy paper that offers a number of solutions to this issue, such as: professional training and subsistence allowance for participants, temporary interim allowance, transition to flexible sickness (the German model) and more.

“When hundreds of thousands of Israelis have not been able to return to work for many months, and the country’s own forecasts are that many of them will remain unemployed until at least 2022, they must not be left behind and sweepingly continue with the unemployment benefit plan,” Huminer-Rosenblum explains. “Ignoring these people is a value problem, and a long-term injury to the Israeli economy,” he said.

Aviad Huminer-Rosenblum (Photo: Elia Tal)

He added that “for non-material reasons, the previous government failed to take advantage of the opportunity that arose during the peak days of the epidemic, to carry out extensive vocational training for many who became unemployed during the Corona period and to upgrade their professional capabilities. .

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