File - Israeli women receive food aid for the Jewish new year holiday at the Hasdey Yossef soup kitchen, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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The Krisis are part of a growing sector in Israel's economy: the working poor.At 20.9 percent of its households, Israel's poverty rate is the highest of any country in the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to OECD measures. One in every three children lives in poverty in Israel, which joined the OECD – generally made up of the world's wealthiest states – in 2010 .In the last five years, Israel's economy has grown an average of more than 4 percent a year, versus 0.7 percent for the OECD. A government panel recommended in February that Israel spend 10 billion shekels in a "war on poverty" that would boost the monthly minimum wage to 5,000 shekels a month from 4,300, raise welfare payments, expand child tax credits and lengthen the school day.That's down from 1.84 million in 2011, although the number of Jewish families in poverty – the biggest component – climbed 3 percent.The poverty rate in working households is 13.7 percent, up from 9.6 percent a decade ago, according to the government. In families with two workers, poverty has doubled since then to 5 percent.
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