As in previous years, this Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem is intended for the use of policymakers, planners in the state, municipal and private sectors, researchers and students of Jerusalem, as well as all others interested in the subjects it addresses. In the past decade there has been a marked increase in the use of the Yearbook and interest in the data available in it, both in Israel and abroad – by the media, foreign representatives in Israel, and Israeli embassies abroad. Perusal of the time series and the annual tables accumulated from 1982 onward presented together in the current Yearbook provides the reader with a sense of the trends and developments in Jerusalem in a variety of subjects.
The staff of the Yearbook considers the publication of data on the city as a whole and on the separate Jewish and Arab sectors to be vitally important. Statistics on the Arab sector appear in all the tables in which it was possible to obtain reliable information (for example, data on population, the movement of population, education, and tourism). However, there are tables for which no data are available for the Arab sector, or the data are not sufficiently reliable and we have therefore decided not to publish them.
This yearbook has 14 new tables, which present such data as time series of city property tax, residential and non-residential, and the public transport system in East Jerusalem. In addition, the industry chapter has been renewed and updated; this chapter makes it possible to learn about the scope of activity in different industrial sectors in the city, and describes industry by different technological levels – from high-tech to traditional industry.