The following information is taken from a report from Research & Intelligence who were commissioned to establish the value of the agricultural sector to the Kent economy. The findings were reported in April 2009 with data taken from the Agricultural Census, published by DEFRA, the Annual Business Inquiry, published by the Office for National Statistics and the Kent Economic Forecasting Model produced on behalf of KCC by Experian.
In 2007 there were 13,000 people employed in the agricultural sector. This accounts for 2.3% of the total Kent workforce. In 2007 it is estimated that approximately 140,300 people employed in rural areas, accounting for 24.9% of all employees in Kent