South Africa: Employment in agriculture

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 South Africa

Employment in agriculture, % of total employment

 Latest value 19.26
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 19.20
 Min - Max 13.97 - 23.56
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1991 to 2022. The average value for South Africa during that period was 19.2 percent with a minimum of 13.97 percent in 2014 and a maximum of 23.56 percent in 1991. The latest value from 2022 is 19.26 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 179 countries is 23.00 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Africa - Employment in agriculture - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Africa - Employment in agriculture - historical chart - 1991-2022




Definition: Employment is defined as persons of working age who were engaged in any activity to produce goods or provide services for pay or profit, whether at work during the reference period or not at work due to temporary absence from a job, or to working-time arrangement. The agriculture sector consists of activities in agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing, in accordance with division 1 (ISIC 2) or categories A-B (ISIC 3) or category A (ISIC 4).

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 Forest area, percent 14.0 2021 percent
 Percent agricultural land 79.42 2021 percent
 Employment in agriculture 19.26 2022 percent
 GDP share of agriculture 2.83 2022 percent
 Agriculture value added 9.55 2023 billion U.S. dollars
 Agricultural land 963,410 2021 sq. km.
 Crop production index 124.1 2022 index points
 Precipitation 495 2020 mm per year
 Arable land, percent of land area 9.9 2021 percent
 Cereal crop yield by hectar 4,964 2022 kg per hectar
 Food production index 113.2 2022 index points
 Fertilizer use 104.6 2021 kg per hectare of arable land
 Livestock production index 103.2 2022 index points
 Forest area, sq.km 170,136.9 2021 sq. km
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