The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 9.4 percent in the third quarter of 2019 from 9.3 percent in the same period a year ago. The number of unemployed increased by 26 thousand to 1.114 million while employed went up by 143 thousand to 10.747 million. Among sectors, jobs were added in services (+336,000) and construction (+37,000) while agriculture & fisheries (-204,000) and industry including handicrafts (-26,000) lost positions. The jobless rate rose in rural areas (4.5 percent vs 3.9 percent in Q3 2018), mainly due to lower agricultural activity while it fell slightly in urban centres (12.7 percent vs 13.1 percent). Meantime, the unemployment rate remained high primarily among youth aged 15-24 years (26.7 percent); the 25-34 age group (15.0 percent); women (13.9 percent) and college and university graduates (15.5 percent). Unemployment Rate in Morocco averaged 10.40 percent from 1999 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 15.10 percent in the third quarter of 1999 and a record low of 7.80 percent in the second quarter of 2006. source: Haut Commissariat au Plan

Unemployment Rate in Morocco is expected to be 9.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Morocco to stand at 9.20 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Morocco Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 9.20 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Morocco Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.40 8.50 15.10 7.80 1999 - 2019 percent Quarterly



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-02-05 11:55 AM Q4 9.8% 10.0% 9.8%
2019-05-07 09:25 AM Q1 10% 9.8% 10.00%
2019-08-07 05:00 PM Q2 8.5% 10% 9.3%
2019-11-07 10:45 AM Q3 9.4% 8.5% 9.4%
2020-02-05 11:55 AM Q4 9.4% 9.6%


News Stream
2019-05-07
Morocco Jobless Rate Drops to 10% in Q1
The unemployment rate in Morocco edged down to 10 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from 10.5 percent in the same period a year ago. The number of unemployed decreased by 61 thousand to 1.211 million while employed increased by 15 thousand to 10.897 million. Among sectors, jobs were added in services (+144,000); construction (+19,000) and industry including handicrafts (+4,000) while agriculture & fisheries lost positions (-152,000), as poor rainfall in the winter months has hampered cereal crop development. By genders, the jobless rate was lower for men (8.5% vs 8.9% in Q1 2018) than for women (14.7% vs 15.1%). Meantime, the unemployment rate remained high among youth aged 15-24 (24.1% vs 25.7%), the 25-34 age group (15.9% vs 16.7%) and college graduates (17.1% vs 18.3%).

2019-02-05
Morocco Jobless Rate Drops to 9.8% in Q4
The unemployment rate in Morocco decreased slightly to 9.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 10.2 percent in the same period a year ago. The number of unemployed went down by 48 thousand to 1.168 million while employed increased by 112 thousand to 10.811 million. Among sectors, jobs were added in services (+65,000); construction (+15,000); industry including handicrafts (+13,000) and agriculture & fisheries (+19,000) as abundant rainfall provided a good harvest for the second straight year. By genders, the jobless rate was lower for men (8.4% vs 8.8% in Q4 2017) than for women (14.0 vs 14.7%). Meantime, the unemployment rate remained relatively high among youth aged 15-24 (26% vs 26.5%), the 25-34 age group (15.1% vs 15.4%) and college graduates (17.1% vs 17.9%).


Morocco Unemployment Rate
In Morocco, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

Morocco Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.40 8.50 15.10 7.80 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10747.00 11082.00 11082.00 8577.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1114.00 1026.00 1535.00 859.00 Thousand [+]
Population 35.20 34.90 35.20 11.64 Million [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 26.70 22.30 29.30 13.10 percent [+]
Employment Rate 40.70 42.10 48.00 40.70 percent [+]