The Palestine Chronicle, Mar 14, 2017
80% of Gazans 'depend on humanitarian assistance'. (Photo: via UNRWA USA)
Israeli Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Gisha said Gaza’s unemployment rate stood at 42% in 2016 due to the Israeli siege imposed on the already impoverished Gaza Strip.
[...] [I]n 2012, “the unemployment rate was 31%.”
Gisha said about 6% of all employed people worked in farming and fishing sectors in October-December 2016, compared to 4.5% in the third quarter of 2016. “Many of the jobs in these sectors are seasonal and job availability fluctuates over the year, meaning this is not a sustainable increase in employment,” Gisha noted.
Gisha stressed that the rate of employment in construction in the first quarter of 2016 was 6.7%. “The figures indicate that the construction materials entering via Israel since 2014, as per the Operation Protective Edge understandings, are bringing a limited construction boom, and fall far short of bringing the anticipated growth and reconstruction,” Gisha revealed.