Moroccos Unemployment Falls Slightly Youth Unemployment at 275

Rabat – According to a note by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), 122,000 jobs were created: 118,000 in urban areas and 4,000 in rural areas.The service sector and “industry including traditional industry” generated 98,000 jobs and 19,000 jobs, respectively.Agriculture, forestry, and fishing generated 9,000 jobs, while construction and public works lost 4,000 jobs. HCP added that, during the same period, there were just over 1 million unemployed people, down by 64,000 people at the national level since the same period last year.The unemployment rate in urban areas fell from 14.9 percent to 14.3 percent. In rural areas it fell from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent.However, the unemployment rate remains relatively high among youth aged 15-24 (27.5 percent). The rate among women and those with degrees is 13.8 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively. The unemployment rate of those with a vocational training certificate is 23.9 percent: 36.5 percent for women and 19.3 percent for men. HCP found that approximately 57 percent of unemployed people have never worked before, and 67.7 percent have been unemployed for a year or more.Approximately 26.8 percent are unemployed because they were fired or their employer’s activity was suspended.