Israel's central bank says too many Arabs, Orthodox jobless

An undated picture released by the Bank of Israel on October 20, 2013, shows newly appointed Bank of Israel governor Karnit Flug posing for a photograph in JerusalemIsrael’s central bank warned Tuesday of the “negative impact” on economic growth caused by a rising number in the population of Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are under-represented in the workplace. Karnit Flug, governor of the Bank of Israel, said low employment rates among Arab and Orthodox Jewish communities, who make up 17.5 percent and 10 percent respectively, of the population, was hampering the economy. Israeli Arabs complain of discrimination in the workplace and a lack of vocational opportunities, often limiting them to unskilled jobs.

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