The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.8 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from 12.3 percent in the same period a year ago. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2001, amid the lingering effects of a prolonged pandemic crisis. The number of unemployed went up by 128 thousand to 1.605 million, the employed increased by 405 thousand to 10.892 million and labour force rose by 533 thousand to 12.497 million. Among sectors, more jobs were shed in industry including handicrafts (-53 thousand), but employment increased in agriculture (+318 thousand), construction (+108 thousand) and services (+40 thousand). The youth unemployment rate went down to 30.8 percent from 33.4 percent a year ago. source: Haut Commissariat au Plan

Unemployment Rate in Morocco averaged 10.49 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 October of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in Morocco is expected to be 13.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. 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


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-05-07 11:30 AM Q1 12.5% 11.9% 11.3%
2021-08-06 10:00 AM Q2 12.8% 12.5% 12.7%
2021-11-03 09:45 AM Q3 12.8% 13%


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Morocco Q2 Jobless Rate Highest since 2001
The unemployment rate in Morocco rose to 12.8 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from 12.3 percent in the same period a year ago. It was the highest jobless rate since the last quarter of 2001, amid the lingering effects of a prolonged pandemic crisis. The number of unemployed went up by 128 thousand to 1.605 million, the employed increased by 405 thousand to 10.892 million and labour force rose by 533 thousand to 12.497 million. Among sectors, more jobs were shed in industry including handicrafts (-53 thousand), but employment increased in agriculture (+318 thousand), construction (+108 thousand) and services (+40 thousand). The youth unemployment rate went down to 30.8 percent from 33.4 percent a year ago.
2021-08-06
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 Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Unemployment Rate 12.80 percent Jun/21 12.50 15.10 7.80
Employed Persons 10892.00 Thousand Jun/21 10755.00 11076.00 8577.00
Unemployed Persons 1605.00 Thousand Jun/21 1534.00 1605.00 859.00
Population 35.95 Million Dec/20 35.60 35.95 11.64
Employment Rate 40.20 percent Jun/21 39.90 48.00 37.90


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.