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HCP: Drop in the participation rate of women in 2020

Written by FDM

In 2020, the activity rate of the female population fell: 21.5% against 22.7% in 2019, according to the High Commission for Planning which provides a portrait of the working population employed in 2020.

In 2020, employment was one of the first fatalities of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, according to the latest information note from the High Commission for Planning (HCP) on the main characteristics of the working population employed in 2020, the national economy has thus lost 432,000 jobs, 137,000 in urban areas (-2.2%) and 295,000 in rural areas (-6.3%), after an average annual creation of 121,000 jobs during the period 2017-2019.

In 2020, the number of working women rose to 21.5%… against 22.7% a year earlier. The HCP also noted that 46.1% of employees benefit from employer-provided medical coverage, of which 57.3% are women, and that the rate of coverage by a pension system is slightly higher among women than men, respectively 27.5% and 23.1%.
Other indications: The share of employees without any contract stands at 43.2% among women against 58.2% among men, and the relative decrease in hours worked per week was higher among women (-24, 4% from 86 million to 65 million hours) than among men (-19.4% from 408 million to 329 million hours). The HCP also highlights that around 14% of employed workers have unpaid work, rural people with 29.9%, more than city dwellers (3%), and women with 35%, more than men (8, 6%).