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Balonne Shire

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Balonne Shire, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in Balonne Shire. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for Balonne Shire, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Local workers age structure
Balonne Shire - All industries20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years23911.416.428913.417.6-50
25 to 34 years38318.321.243420.121.0-51
35 to 44 years46522.223.158126.924.0-116
45 to 54 years49323.522.245020.922.5+43
55 to 64 years37117.714.129713.812.7+74
65 years and over1436.83.01054.92.2+38

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers age structure, 2011
Local workers age structure, 2011 15 to 24 years, Queensland: 16.4% 25 to 34 years, Queensland: 21.2% 35 to 44 years, Queensland: 23.1% 45 to 54 years, Queensland: 22.2% 55 to 64 years, Queensland: 14.1% 65 years and over, Queensland: 3.0% 15 to 24 years, Balonne Shire: 11.4% 25 to 34 years, Balonne Shire: 18.3% 35 to 44 years, Balonne Shire: 22.2% 45 to 54 years, Balonne Shire: 23.5% 55 to 64 years, Balonne Shire: 17.7% 65 years and over, Balonne Shire: 6.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in local workers age structure, 2006 to 2011 15 to 24 years, Balonne Shire - All industries: -50 25 to 34 years, Balonne Shire - All industries: -51 35 to 44 years, Balonne Shire - All industries: -116 45 to 54 years, Balonne Shire - All industries: +43 55 to 64 years, Balonne Shire - All industries: +74 65 years and over, Balonne Shire - All industries: +38
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in the Balonne Shire in 2011 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 51.9% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 60.7% for Queensland. 48.1% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 39.3% for Queensland.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (6.8% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.7% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (11.4% compared to 16.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (18.3% compared to 21.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the Balonne Shire between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 35 to 44 years (-116 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+74 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (-51 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (-50 local workers)

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