Morocco loses 200,000 jobs in one year

Farming hardest-hit sector, services and construction on rise

04 May, 13:22

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, 04 MAG - Morocco lost a total of 202,000 jobs in one year, and the country's unemployment rate rose from 10.5% to 12.5%, according to statistics from the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP).

    The figures show how the country's job market is still suffering the effects of the economic crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as other factors.

    In the first three months of 2021, a total of 56,000 new jobs were created in urban centres, compared to 258,000 jobs lost in rural areas.

    With a total of 242,000 newly unemployed, of whom 185,000 are in cities and 57,000 in rural areas, the total number of people looking for work in the country comes to 1,534,000.

    Unemployment hit young people ages 15-24 the hardest (32%), followed by graduates (19.8%) and women (17.5%).

    The activity rate, which is the relationship between the entire working-age population and those who have a job, went down to 45.5%.

    The gap between men and women is still quite significant, at 70.7% and 21.2%, respectively.

    In terms of specific sectors, farming was the hardest hit, losing 231,000 jobs, which is also a consequence of the heavy drought that has been plaguing the North African country for two years.

    The industrial sector lost 48,000 jobs.

    New jobs were created in the service sector (42,000) and in construction (39,000). (ANSAmed).

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