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Agriculture, forestry & fishing

Agriculture, forestry and fishing is concerned with the exploitation of plant and animal resources. It includes: (a) growing crops, (b) the raising and breeding of animals, and (c) harvesting timber and other plants, animals or animal products from a farm or their natural habitats. The sector is divided between:

  • crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities – which includes the production of crops and the production of animal products;
  • forestry and logging – this includes the production of wood as well as the extraction and gathering of wild-growing, non-wood forest products.
  • fishing and aquaculture – this includes fishing and aquaculture (both marine and freshwater).

Future employment growth (in %) in agriculture, forestry & fishing sector across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2016, the share of agriculture, forestry & fishing in total EU employment was 4.27%.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2016, the employment level of agriculture, forestry & fishing in EU changed by -10.67%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

The countries with highest employment share of agriculture, forestry & fishing in 2016 were:

  • Romania 23.10%
  • Greece 12.37%
  • Poland 10.54%
  • Lithuania 7.98%
  • Latvia 7.69%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by occupation and sector.

The occupations with the largest numbers of people employed in agriculture, forestry & fishing in 2016 in EU were:

  • Farmworkers and gardeners 6,167,035
  • Agricultural labourers 1,326,298
  • Subsistence farmworkers 394,712
  • Drivers & vehicle operators 341,775
  • Forest & fishery workers 282,337

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for agriculture, forestry & fishing in EU is projected to change by -15.86%

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Occupations employed in the sector in EU in 2016

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by occupation and sector.

Employment share (%) in agriculture, forestry & fishing sector across countries in 2016

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Employment in agriculture, forestry & fishing sector in EU by education level (2011-2016 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Employment in agriculture, forestry & fishing sector in EU by age (2011-2016 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

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