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Employment and Labour Input

CSO's Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) for 2010 shows a 12% decrease, to 84,900, in the number of people identifying agriculture as their main occupation/source of earnings, though Quarter 2 2010 saw the first overall quarterly increase in two years and was followed up by a further rise in Q3. The percentage drop in female employment from 2009 to 2010 was 4% and 28% from 2008 to 2010, compared to 14% and 26% respectively for men.