The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.3% in the second quarter of 2020 from 8.1% in the same period a year ago. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2003, as the Covid-19 pandemic and related measures that came with it affected severely the labour market. The number of unemployed went up by 496 thousand to 1.477 million while employed decreased by 589 thousand to 10.49 million. The most affected economic sectors were agriculture, forestry & fishing (-477 thousand), followed by industry (-69 thousand) and services (-30 thousand). The jobless rate increased in both urban areas (15.6% vs 11.7% in Q2 2019) and rural areas (7.2% vs 3%). Also, unemployment remained most prevalent among young people aged 15 to 24 (33.4%), university graduates (18.2%) and women (15.6%).

Unemployment Rate in Morocco averaged 10.40 percent from 1999 until 2020, 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. This page provides - Morocco Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Morocco Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2020. source: Haut Commissariat au Plan

Unemployment Rate in Morocco is expected to be 13.40 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 14.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Morocco Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 14.40 percent in 2021 and 13.00 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Morocco Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
12.30 10.50 15.10 7.80 1999 - 2020 percent Quarterly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-07 10:45 AM Q3 9.4% 8.5% 9.4%
2020-02-05 12:00 PM Q4 9.2% 9.4% 9.6%
2020-05-07 11:30 AM Q1 10.5% 9.2% 10.1%
2020-08-07 12:00 PM Q2 12.3% 10.5% 12%
2020-11-06 12:00 PM Q3 12.3% 13.4%


News Stream
Morocco Q2 Jobless Rate Highest since 2003
The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.3% in the second quarter of 2020 from 8.1% in the same period a year ago. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2003, as the Covid-19 pandemic and related measures that came with it affected severely the labour market. The number of unemployed went up by 496 thousand to 1.477 million while employed decreased by 589 thousand to 10.49 million. The most affected economic sectors were agriculture, forestry & fishing (-477 thousand), followed by industry (-69 thousand) and services (-30 thousand). The jobless rate increased in both urban areas (15.6% vs 11.7% in Q2 2019) and rural areas (7.2% vs 3%). Also, unemployment remained most prevalent among young people aged 15 to 24 (33.4%), university graduates (18.2%) and women (15.6%).
2020-08-07
Morocco Jobless Rate Rises to 10.5% in Q1
The unemployment rate in Morocco increased to 10.5% in the first quarter of 2020 from 9.1% in the same period a year ago. The number of unemployed went up by 208 thousand to 1.292 million from 1.084 million in Q1 2019 while employed rose by 77 thousand to 10.96 million from 10.88 million. Agriculture, which employs more than half of the workforce, lost 134 thousand jobs. Meanwhile, the service sector created a total of 192 thousand jobs and the industry sector generated 23 thousand new positions. The jobless rate increased in both urban areas (15.1% vs 13.3% in Q1 2019) and rural areas (3.9% vs 3.1%). The highest rates were recorded among young people aged 15-24 (26.8% against 8.2% among people aged 25 and over) and people with a diploma (17.8% compared to 3.6% among people with no diploma).
2020-05-07
Morocco Jobless Rate Edges Down to 9.2% in Q4
The unemployment rate in Morocco decreased to 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 9.5 percent in the same period a year ago. The number of unemployed went down by 30 thousand to 1.107 million while employed rose by 165 thousand to 10.975 million. Among sectors, more jobs were added in services (+267 thousand), construction (+24 thousand) and industry including handicrafts (+ 17 thousand), while agriculture & fisheries lost positions (-146 thousand). The jobless rate fell in urban centres (12.9 percent vs 13.8 percent in Q4 2018) but increased in rural areas (3.7 percent vs 3.6 percent), mainly due to the impact of drought on the agricultural sector. Also, the youth unemployment rate went down to 24.9 percent from 25.6 percent a year ago.
2020-02-05
Morocco Jobless Rate Edges Up to 9.4% in Q3
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).
2019-11-07

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.