Story: Rural workers

Decline of the rural workforce

Decline of the rural workforce

The percentage of rural workers in the New Zealand workforce has fallen considerably since the 1920s, when almost one of every four workers had a rural occupation. With mechanisation, farms today are much less reliant on physical labour.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - Contemporary rural workers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008