Proportion of farmers in the workforce down 85% in last 50 years - CSO
The number of people which classified themselves as farmers in Census 2016 declined by over 12,000, according to new figures released by the CSO today.
Having increased for the first time in decades in 2011, farmer numbers were likely hit by a recovery in the construction sector which saw numbers rise over the period.
The decline in the agriculture sector is evident from the data with the sector accounting for just 4.6pc of total employment in 2016 compared to 31.3pc 50 years ago in 1966. A fall of 85pc.
The Census figures also show that 88.2pc of workers in the agriculture sector in 2016 who were male.
Meanwhile, the construction sector, which saw a dramatic fall of 124,827 between 2006 and 2011, increased by 15,092 between 2011 and 2016.
In total, the number of people at work increased by 199,281 to reach 2,006,641 in April 2016.
The number of females at work grew by 9.0% to 929,967, while there were 1,076,674 males at work, an increase of 12.8% since 2011. The number of retired people increased by 19.2% to 545,407.
Farmers get three-quarters of income from Brussels