Israel's unemployment rate in the third quarter rose to 9.3% from 8.7% in the second quarter, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

Of a total civilian workforce of 2.51 million people, 235,000 were unemployed in seasonally adjusted terms, the bureau stated.

The last time unemployment reached such high rates was in 1998.

The civilian workforce increased by 0.8% to 2.51 million, while the number of people with jobs stayed firm at 2.275 million.

Joblessness among men rose from 8.3% in the second quarter to 9% in the third quarter, while joblessness among women rose from 9.2% to 9.7%.

Meanwhile, the number of part-time workers (working less than 35 hours a week) climbed 13% from the second quarter ¿ comprised of a 22% climb among men and an 8.5% increase among women.

Trend data indicates that the pace of unemployment growth is slowing, however. In annualized terms unemployment growth has slowed to 1.6%, compared with 2% in the second quarter.