HCP: Morocco has 5.9 million young people aged 15 to 24

The High Commission for Planning (HCP), reported that Morocco has 5.9 million young people aged 15 to 24, which represents 16.2% of the total population in 2021.

In an information note on the occasion of International Youth Day (August 12), the High Commissioner specifies that 50.9% of these young people are male, 59.9% of urban and 56.6% are between 15 and 19 years old.

More than 6 out of 10 young people (64.6%) have an average level diploma, 20.6% a higher level diploma and 14.8% have no diploma, it is further specified.

According to the said note, the Casablanca-Settat region concentrates nearly one-fifth (19.1%) of young people aged 15 to 24, that of Marrakech-Safi comes in second place with 13.6%, followed by Rabat-Salé. -Kenitra (13.1%) and Fez-Meknes (12.2%).

In addition, the HCP reports that more than one in four young people aged 15 to 24 (26% or 1.5 million) at the national level do not work, are not in school and do not follow any training. .

About 73.4% of them are young women, of whom 41.3% are married and 65.7% have a diploma. In rural areas, about 81.7% of this category are young women.

Among the population of school age in qualifying secondary education (15 to 17 years), 12.6% (270,000 people) do not work, are not in school and do not follow any training. This proportion is 19.5% among girls (198,000 people) and 6.5% among men (72,000 people).

Among young people aged 18 to 24, this proportion reaches 33.5% (1,259,000 people), 49.1% among girls (925,000 people) and 17.8% among men (335,000 people).

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