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Rural labor by economic sector, 1985 and 2002 (at year-end)

Source: China Statistical Yearbook, 2003, Table 12-4 (p. 414).
Note: Number of laborers by sector according to main economic activity.

Between 1985 and 2002, agriculture-related labor in rural areas declined from 83 to 66 percent; while non-agricultural labor, correspondingly, increased from 17 to 34 percent. Non-agricultural labor in China's rural areas is actually even more widespread because these data are classified by main economic activity. Part-time farmers, who are also working in the rural or urban industry, are counted as farmers, even if a considerable part of their income is from labor in the industrial or service sector.

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