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June 23, 2021

Gaza unemployment levels ‘among worst in world’

Gaza’s unemployment rate was among the world’s highest, at 45.2 per cent in late 2010, the UN has found, as Israel’s blockade of the territory enters its fifth year, the BBC informs. Real wages meanwhile fell by more than a third, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Re­fu­gees (UNRWA) said.Its report says that private businesses have been har­dest hit by the continuing ban on virtually all exports. UNRWA spokes­man Chris Gunness said of the report in a statement: “These are disturbing trends and the refugees, who make up two-thirds of Gaza’s 1.5 million population, were the worst hit.”

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