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Contents >> Chapter 14 - Agriculture >> Employment in agriculture

EMPLOYMENT IN AGRICULTURE

The agriculture sector is an important source of employment in regional and rural Australia. The number of people employed in agriculture and related services decreased again in 2005 to 336,700 persons, following a significant drop in 2003 (table 14.5). The significant reduction in 2003 was largely the result of the drought experienced over most of Australia during that period, which severely affected the agriculture sector. The majority of persons employed in agriculture in 2005 were male (67%).

14.5 EMPLOYED PERSONS(a) IN AGRICULTURE AND RELATED SERVICES TO AGRICULTURE(b)

Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000

1999
267.8
125.8
393.6
2000
284.8
130.8
415.6
2001
269.0
132.4
401.4
2002
278.6
133.6
412.2
2003
239.8
110.0
349.8
2004
236.5
109.2
345.7
2005
227.0
109.7
336.7

(a) The estimates of employed persons include persons who worked without pay for at least one hour per week in a family business or on a farm (i.e. unpaid family helpers). Persons who worked in another industry and in agriculture are classified to the industry of predominant activity.
(b) Annual average of quarterly data.

Source: Labour Force, Australia (6291.0.55.001).


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