While the unemployment benefit ceiling is NIS 10.5 thousand per month, in practice unemployment benefit payments have been much lower in recent months. Thus, only 2% of the recipients of the benefits received more than NIS 10,000, and 64% received less than NIS 5,000; This emerges from data published today (Tuesday) by the National Insurance Institute. According to the data, 4% of unemployment benefit recipients receive less than NIS 1,000 a month and 9% receive between NIS 1,000 and NIS 2,000. 38% of benefit recipients receive between NIS 3,000 and NIS 5,000 per month. Since the beginning of the crisis, about 952,000 unemployment benefit claims have been submitted to the National Insurance Institute, and so far, according to the data, 466,000 people have returned to the labor market.
Of the approximately 952,000 claims, 13,000 claims have not yet been processed, 869,000 have been approved, and 70,000 have been rejected. The data also show that according to unemployment benefit claims, 10,000 people returned to the labor market in July – but another 18,000 new claims were registered. In June, 145,000 people returned and only 29,000 new claims were registered, and in May 267,000 people returned to the labor market while only 52,000 new claims were registered. A total of 466.4 thousand people returned to the labor market (48% of all those entitled to payment – from the corona period and before).
In terms of total unemployment benefit payments paid by the National Insurance Institute, it is surprisingly paid for April, when the institution paid NIS 3.2 billion to 900,000 unemployed and salaried employees (compared with the payments for March, when NIS 1.7 billion was paid to 82.3 thousand people). For the month of May, NIS 2.9 billion was paid to 831 thousand people and for the month of June, NIS 1.9 billion was paid to 521 thousand unemployed and employees who were expelled to the IDF.
Meir Spiegler, Director General of the National Insurance Institute, stated that “the National Insurance data reflect the actual recipients of unemployment benefits during the Corona crisis, but do not show the actual unemployment rate. There are many who have ‘fallen between the cracks’ and need help at this time – and it is our duty as a society to provide them with an appropriate social response. “The Social Security regularly transmits to decision-makers the data on benefit recipients, the increase in requests for assistance, segmentations by industry and more as a basis for an objective response to those who need it.”
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Itzik Shmuli said that “the Ministry of Labor and Welfare is working hard to formulate a comprehensive and professional plan to move the economy and encourage training and employment. Alongside the success of the struggle I led to provide a safety net Time: also to ensure people a safety net for existence and at the same time to ensure vigorous and effective actions that will support employment and growth. “