5.3. Structural determining factors linked to the sectoral structure

The lower weight of the primary sector and the greater concentration of employment in industry are somewhat more pronounced in the Basque Country than in the reference regions

As regards the sectoral structure (see Table 17), both the reference regions and the Basque Country are noteworthy for the less important role played by the primary sector, especially in the case of the Basque Country, where employment is much more heavily concentrated in industry. In the other main sectors, the differences are not as significant. It is in the distribution of industrial employment into major industries where the similarity between the reference regions and the Basque Country is most noticeable, as all of the industries that account for a greater share in the reference regions also do so in the Basque Country, and vice versa. In the case of the Basque Country, the less important role played by the food and beverage industry, textiles and footwear, and other manufactured goods is somewhat more extreme. This is offset by the stronger presence of the metals, machinery and transport equipment industries. As regards the concentration index for employment in the five largest industrial sectors, the reference regions also coincide with the Basque Country in having a lower concentration.

Table 17. Sectoral makeup indicators for the economy and industry representative of structural conditions.
Table 17 Sectoral makeup indicators for the economy and industry representative of structural conditions.
Source: Eurostat. Compiled by authors.