Morocco: 58,000 jobs lost in one year

In detail, the rural area has lost 194,000 jobs while 58,000 jobs were lost nationally in one year alone. The sectors leading the list of losses are those of “agriculture, forestry and fisheries” with 237,000 jobs lost, or -7% (233,000 in rural areas, 4,000 in urban areas) and construction with 38,000 jobs, or a decline of 3% (34,000 in MR, 4,000 in MU), while the service sector has created 189,000 jobs and industry a total of 29,000 jobs.

The HCP explains that about 210,000 jobs lost represent the type of unpaid employment. This is the residue of the loss of 212,000 in rural areas and the creation of 2,000 jobs in urban areas, while the type of paid jobs has expanded to 152,000 positions, following the creation of 134,000 jobs in urban areas and 18,000 in rural areas.

The same document adds that the period in question has seen a reduction in the activity rate, which is 44% at national level (48.1% in rural areas and 41.9% in urban areas).

In the same context, the HCP noted that the unemployment rate fell from 11.8% to 11.4% throughout the Kingdom, a reduction of 0.4%. This is precisely 15% in urban areas (a decrease of 1% compared to last year) and 5.2% in rural areas, a stable rate for this area. The rate of graduates also decreased, from 18.7% to 17.7%.

In terms of the regional labor market, five regions account for 73.2% of all workers aged 15 and over. The region of Casablanca-Settat comes in first place with 22.4% of active, followed by Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (13.8%), Marrakech-Safi (13.3%), Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (12%) and Fez-Meknes (11.7%). Four regions have activity rates higher than the national average (44%); Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (49.9%), Casablanca-Settat (46.6%), Marrakech-Safi (45.2%) and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (44.4%).

On the other hand, the lowest rates are recorded in the regions of Beni Mellal-Khénifra (40.9%), Draâ-Tafilalet (38.5%) and Souss-Massa (37.7%), the report details.

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