Unemployment for those 15 and older dropped from 3.8% in the month of April to 3.6% in the month of May. For those aged 25-64, unemployment fell to 3.2%. This constitutes the lowest unemployment rate in the last forty years. These numbers...
The Central Bureau of Statistics announced there were 48,310 apartment construction starts in Israel during the last 12 months. This is compared to 49,330 construction starts over the course of the previous 12 months; a drop of 2.1%. During the last 12...
The consumer price index went up 0.7% in May. The main reason for the increase was a rise in the price of fresh fruits and vegetables, which went up 10.2%. Grapes were up 40% from last season in October, and Watermelon is...
The country’s budget deficit for the last 12 months remains at 3.8% of the GNP, unchanged from the previous month above the 2.8% that government had targeted. For the first five months of 2019, the cumulative deficit has been NIS 15. 1...
Bank of Israel Bank of Israel’s Monetary Committee has decided to keep the prime interest rate at .25%.  Initially, the expectation was that the rate would be raised. However, the report that inflation in April was on 0.3%, i.e., lower than predicted, combined...
The Central Bureau of Statistics reported very mixed results in the housing sector. Builders sold 5,750 new dwellings during the first three months of 2019, which represents a decrease of 11.4% from the last three months of 2018. However, that same number...
Apple Headquarters in Herzilia There are many reasons why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, despite all of his legal troubles, and notwithstanding a formidable group of former generals running against him. However, the most significant reason why Netanyahu was re-elected for his...