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Romania ranks first in the EU as share of population working in agriculture

More than a quarter (25.8%) of the Romanian population was employed in agriculture in 2015, which places Romania in the first place in the European Union, where the average of the employed population in agriculture was 4.4%, according to data released on Tuesday by Eurostat.

The release reads that around 10 million people worked in agriculture in the EU in 2015. They accounted for 4.4 % of total employment. Among the Member States, the shares ranged from around 1 % in Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Malta, Sweden and Germany to 26 % in Romania and 18 % in Bulgaria.

In 2016, around a third (35 %) of those working in agriculture were women. Austria had the largest share of women in agriculture (45 %), followed by Romania (43 %), Poland, Greece and Slovenia (all 41 %). In contrast, the lowest proportions of women were reported in Ireland (12 %) and Denmark (20 %).

Almost 60 % of those working in agriculture in the EU were 40 to 64 years old, while 32 % were less than 40, and 9 % were over 64. Among the Member States, the largest shares of those over 64 working in agriculture were observed in Portugal (42 %), Ireland (22%) and the United Kingdom (19 %).

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