The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2021 from 10.5 percent in the same period a year ago, partly due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. The number of unemployed went up by 242 thousand to 1.534 million, while employment decreased by 202 thousand to 10.755 million. Across sectors, dynamics differed, with jobs shed in agriculture & fisheries (-231 thousand) and industry including crafts (-48 thousand), while the services sector created 42000 thousand jobs and the construction sector added 39000 jobs. The jobless rate rose more in urban centres (17.1 percent vs 15.1 percent in Q1 2020) than in rural areas (5.3 percent vs 3.9 percent). source: Haut Commissariat au Plan

Unemployment Rate in Morocco averaged 10.46 percent from 1999 until 2021, 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 July of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in Morocco is expected to be 12.70 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 11.70 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Morocco Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 11.50 percent in 2022 and 10.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Morocco Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
12.50 11.90 15.10 7.80 1999 - 2021 percent Quarterly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-07 12:00 PM Q2 12.3% 10.5% 12%
2020-11-03 09:45 AM Q3 12.7% 12.3% 13.4%
2021-02-03 10:25 AM Q4 11.9% 12.7% 12.5%
2021-05-07 11:30 AM Q1 12.5% 11.9% 11.3%
2021-08-06 12:00 PM Q2 12.5% 12.7%
2021-11-03 09:45 AM Q3 13%


News Stream
Morocco Jobless Rate Rises to 12.5% in Q1
The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2021 from 10.5 percent in the same period a year ago, partly due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. The number of unemployed went up by 242 thousand to 1.534 million, while employment decreased by 202 thousand to 10.755 million. Across sectors, dynamics differed, with jobs shed in agriculture & fisheries (-231 thousand) and industry including crafts (-48 thousand), while the services sector created 42000 thousand jobs and the construction sector added 39000 jobs. The jobless rate rose more in urban centres (17.1 percent vs 15.1 percent in Q1 2020) than in rural areas (5.3 percent vs 3.9 percent).
2021-05-07
Morocco Q4 Jobless Rate Rises to 11.9%
The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 11.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 9.2 percent in the same period a year ago, partly due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. The number of unemployed went up by 322 thousand to 1.429 million while employed decreased by 433 thousand to 10.542 million. Among sectors, more jobs were shed in services (-107 thousand), agriculture & fisheries (-273 thousand), industry including handicrafts (-37 thousand) and construction (-9 thousand). The jobless rate rose more in urban centres (15.8 percent vs 12.9 percent in Q4 2019) than in rural areas (5.9 percent vs 3.7 percent), as farm income hinges on volatile rainfall levels, pushing more rural people to seek work in urban areas. Also, the youth unemployment rate went up to 31.2 percent from 24.9 percent a year ago.
2021-02-03
Morocco Q3 Jobless Rate Highest since 2001
The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.7% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to 9.4% in the same period a year ago. It was the highest jobless rate since the fourth quarter of 2001 amid the Covid-19 pandemic and persistent drought conditions. The number of unemployed went up by 368 thousand to 1.482 million while employed decreased by 581 thousand to 10.17 million. The most affected sectors were services (-260 thousand), followed by agriculture, forestry & fishing (-258 thousand) and industry (-61 thousand). The jobless rate increased more in urban areas (16.5% vs 12.7% in Q3 2019) than in rural areas (6.8% vs 4.5%) as farm income hinges on volatile rainfall levels, pushing rural people to seek work in urban areas. Also, unemployment remained most prevalent among young people aged 15 to 24 (32.3%), university graduates (18.7%) and women (17.6%).
2020-11-03
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 Unemployment Rate
In Morocco, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.