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The Roles of the Central
Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
and Methods of Operation



The CBS is the central body of the government whose role is to collect, process and publicize statistical information on the population, the economy and the society in Israel.

Government ministries need this information, mainly for policy making and planning and for tracking development. This information is also given to academic research institutions and the general public. In addition, the Bureau is responsible for coordinating statistical activity of government institutions and advising them on statistical issues.

The work of the CBS is done at a standard which is internationally accepted by most nations of the world and this enables comparisons of statistical information between Israel and different countries. The Bureau is empowered by the order of statistics (new version) 1972. Its main work focuses on preparing statistical data - current, monthly, quarterly and annually - on the following subjects: the national economy (product, consumption, capital formation, labour productivity, savings), the balance of payments and foreign trade, activity of the different industries of the economy (agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transport, commerce and services, etc.), price changes of goods and services, the population (its composition an factors of its growth), families and their financial and social situation (size, employment situation, unemployment, etc.), level of education, health, crime, services supplied to the population by central and local government, and more. In addition to these activities, the CBS conducts the Census of Population and Housing usually once every decade), as well as periodical surveys and other operations (which are conducted once every few years, such as the Family Expenditure Survey, Input-Output Tables, revisions of classifications, etc.) and one- time surveys.

These operations provide detailed data (geographical, industrial, etc.) on central phenomena in the economy and in society, that also serve as a basis for updating the statistical system. The Bureau's work plans and its activities are overseen by the Public Commission of Statistics, whose role is to advise government institutions on issues related to statistical operations in the country. The Commission is made up of representatives of the main producers and consumers of statistics in Israel.

The CBS distributes statistical information that it collects in a wide variety of publications: the Statistical Abstract of Israel, monthlies ( General Statistics, Prices and Selected Economic Indicators of Developments in Recent Months), quarterlies of branch statistics (Agriculture, Transport, Tourism and Hotel Services), Foreign Trade Quarterly, New Statistical Projects and Publications in Israel Quarterly, Census Publications, Special Publications and Technical Publications (statistical methodology, classifications, etc.). A great deal of information is distributed to users on magnetic media, as well, while maintaining strict confidentiality regarding details of the individual. Current and updated statistical information is also brought to the public's knowledge through press releases published daily by the Bureau.


STATISTICS ORDINANCE (NEW VERSION), 5732- 1972
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