Agriculture and its related industries provide 11 percent of U.S. employment

Agriculture and its related industries provide 11 percent of U.S. employment

In 2016, 21.4 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors—11.0 percent of total U.S. employment. Direct on-farm employment accounted for about 2.6 million of these jobs, or 1.4 percent of U.S. employment. Employment in agriculture- and food-related industries supported another 18.7 million jobs. Of this, food service, eating and drinking places accounted for the largest share—12.2 million jobs—and food/beverage stores supported 3.2 million jobs. The remaining agriculture-related industries together added another 3.3 million jobs.


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