In the second semester, the food supply in Gaza, Palestine further deteriorated due to significant disruptions in tunnel trade with Egypt. Over the last few months, prices of goods have increased (+7% for oil, +33% for rice). Economic pressure on Gaza could impact the number of persons who are estimated to be in need to humanitarian assistance in 2014. The unemployment rate, which is normally around 30%, is expected to rise as construction and tunnel-trade employment stagnates. Prior to the tunnel closure attempts, the Socio–Economic and Food Security Survey revealed an increase in the food insecurity in Palestine, showing that 1.6 million people representing 34% of households in Palestine were food insecure, a rise from 27% the year before. The deterioration was most pronounced in Gaza, where food insecurity levels surged from 44 to 57%.