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The employment rate among Moroccan women decreased

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The employment rate of women decreased between 2019 and 2020, as indicated by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in its note on the situation of women in the labor market published on the occasion of the National Day of the Moroccan woman, celebrated on October 10. Women in rural areas are the most impacted …

17.5% in the second quarter of 2020 against 19.5% in the same period a year earlier. The employment rate of women decreased in 2020, a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic causing a health and economic crisis, as noted by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in its note on the situation of women in the labor market published on the occasion of the Moroccan National Women’s Day, celebrated on October 10.

In detail, the employment rate of women is 23.0% in 2020 against 28.4% in 2019 in rural areas, while in urban areas this rate hovers around 14.7%. Other information on these working women include: relatively young – 33.6% of them are under 35 years old – and they are less qualified.
Indeed, 58.5% of them have no diploma compared to 52.6% of men. Regarding their area of activity, working women remain more present in the sector of “agriculture, forestry and fishing” with a share of 43.3% of female employment, followed by “services” (42.4% ) and that of “industry including crafts” (13.8%). More than a third of them (35.3%) are agricultural or fishing workers or laborers, 14% are non-agricultural laborers or handlers in small trades, 12.4% are female employees, 11,3% of skilled craftswomen or workers in artisanal trades, 8.8% of senior executives and members of liberal professions, and 7.8% of women farmers or fisherwomen.

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