Morocco: 54% of Employed Labour Force in Morocco Has No Degree

The High Commission for Planning (HCP) stated, this Wednesday February 17th, that 54% of active workers during 2020 do not have any degrees

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The High Commission for Planning (HCP) stated, this Wednesday February 17th, that 54% of active workers during 2020 do not have any degrees, indicating that 30.5% of the employees have a basic education diploma, and 15.2% have a higher degree.

In a note regarding the basic features of active population working during the year 2020, the HCP stated that 80.8% of active workers in the sector of agriculture, forestry and fisheries do not have any degrees, with 59.2% in the sector of construction and public works, 45.2% in the industrial sector and traditional industry, and finally 37.4% in the sector of services.

According to the same source, the working active population living in rural areas during 2020 constituted 41.8% (21.5% of which were females), while youth between 15 and 34 years old accounted for 35.1 % of the total number. As for young people between 15 and 24 years old, they represented 9%, while people between 25 and 34 years old represented 26.1%.

With regard to the employment rate, the HCP highlighted, in the same note, that it fell by 0.3 points during the last three years 2017-2019, to record a decrease of 2.2 points between 2019 and 2020, noting that this decrease was important in rural areas, “as it moved from 50.3% to 47%, which is equivalent to 3.3 points in rural areas, while in urban areas, this rate moved from 36.9% to 35.3% (1.6 points).” The decrease in this rate, according to the HCP, is more noticeable among men (2.6 points) than among women (1.9 points).

By distributing labor force according to the sector of activity, it is clear that the sector of services employs 4,820,000 people (45.7%), followed by agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector with 3,295,000 people, (31.3%), and then industrial sector and traditional industry with 1,280,000 people, (12.1%), and lastly construction and public works with 1,139,000 people (equivalent to 10.8%).

As concerns rural areas, 68% of the employed labour force works in the sector of farming, forestry and fisheries, while 17.9% work in the sector of services.

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