Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco’s High Commissioner for Planning, Ahmed Lahlimi, has attributed the record-high unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2023 to various factors, including the structural situation of the labor market, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, several years of drought, and failed employment policies.
The unemployment rate increased by 12.9% in 2023, with Lahlimi stating that it is due not only to the lack of new job opportunities but also to the cessation of activity by some of the active population.
Lahlimi further revealed that around 90% of the lost positions were non-traditional jobs, particularly among young people and women in non-traditional employment, such as the agriculture sector.
Lahlimi further stated that the services sector suffered a major loss due to the decline in trade, transportation, and restaurants. However, some sectors, including financial activities, insurance, administrative services, health, education, and social activities, have created new job opportunities.
Lahlimi’s statement highlights that Morocco still faces challenges in terms of high unemployment rates, particularly in non-traditional employment positions. However, some sectors have shown positive developments that could lead to new job opportunities in the future.
The Moroccan Times.