Agriculture and its related industries provide 10.5 percent of U.S. employment

Employment in agriculture, food, and related industries, 2021

In 2021, 21.1 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors—10.5 percent of total U.S. employment. Direct on-farm employment accounted for about 2.6 million of these jobs, or 1.3 percent of U.S. employment. Employment in agriculture- and food-related industries supported another 18.5 million jobs. Of this, food services, eating and drinking places accounted for the largest share—11.8 million jobs—and food/beverage stores supported 3.3 million jobs. The remaining agriculture-related industries together added another 3.4 million jobs.

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