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.

Unemployment Rate in Morocco averaged 10.39 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. This page provides - Morocco Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. source: Haut Commissariat au Plan

Unemployment Rate in Morocco is expected to be 9.70 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 9.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Morocco Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 9.20 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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Morocco Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.20 9.40 15.10 7.80 1999 - 2019 percent Quarterly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 12:00 PM Q4 9.2% 9.4% 9.6%
2020-05-07 12:00 PM Q1 9.2% 9.70%
2020-08-07 12:00 PM Q2 8.3%
2020-11-06 12:00 PM Q3 9.2%


News Stream
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 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%).
2019-05-07

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.