By EICV2 the proportion had reduced to 71%, a reduction of some 14%. In contrast the proportion of people working as paid employees has increased between the datasources, as have the numbers running small non-farm enterprises. Increases in non-farm activities over the five year period are also marked, with a doubling of those working in waged non-farm jobs and a quadrupling of those working in non-farm family enterprises.
In proportionate terms the numbers are small, but given that the number of subsistence farmers has remained static, the increase in the rural workforce of some half a million has largely been absorbed by waged farm work and non-farm work.
Microdata for EICV 2