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Resident workers (Local) - Age structure

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

The Age Structure of the Canberra Region's local resident workers is indicative of the residential role and function of the local area. This includes factors such as when the area was settled; what types of households live there; the level of access the area has to employment, services and facilities; the local dwelling stock characteristics (including cost of housing); local amenity and a range of other factors that attract people to an area.

The age structure of Canberra Region's local resident workers is indicative of the skill-levels and experience that local businesses can draw upon. For example, younger resident workers, while less experienced, is typically more mobile and has higher level skills in use of new technologies.

For a complete local resident workers analysis for Canberra Region, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualifications, Occupations, Hours worked and Income.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Local resident workers age structure
Canberra Region 20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Regional NSW%Number%Regional NSW%2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years13,08813.815.412,59714.416.1+491
25 to 34 years14,92415.817.414,56016.618.0+364
35 to 44 years21,35922.622.021,60324.623.8-244
45 to 54 years24,12825.524.622,60225.825.2+1,526
55 to 64 years16,62017.616.513,08814.913.8+3,532
65 years and over4,4814.74.13,1953.63.1+1,286

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

Local resident workers age structure, 2011
Local resident workers age structure, 2011 15 to 24 years, Regional NSW: 15.4% 25 to 34 years, Regional NSW: 17.4% 35 to 44 years, Regional NSW: 22.0% 45 to 54 years, Regional NSW: 24.6% 55 to 64 years, Regional NSW: 16.5% 65 years and over, Regional NSW: 4.1% 15 to 24 years, Canberra Region: 13.8% 25 to 34 years, Canberra Region: 15.8% 35 to 44 years, Canberra Region: 22.6% 45 to 54 years, Canberra Region: 25.5% 55 to 64 years, Canberra Region: 17.6% 65 years and over, Canberra Region: 4.7%
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 resident workers age structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers age structure, 2006 to 2011 15 to 24 years, Canberra Region: +491 25 to 34 years, Canberra Region: +364 35 to 44 years, Canberra Region: -244 45 to 54 years, Canberra Region: +1,526 55 to 64 years, Canberra Region: +3,532 65 years and over, Canberra Region: +1,286
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 local labour force age structure of the Canberra Region in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 52.2% of the local labour force was aged under 45 years, compared to 54.9% for Regional NSW. 47.8% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 45.1297 for Regional NSW.

The major differences between the local labour force age structure of the Canberra Region and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force aged 55 to 64 years (17.6% compared to 16.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force aged 45 to 54 years (25.5% compared to 24.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force aged 25 to 34 years (15.8% compared to 17.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force aged 15 to 24 years (13.8% compared to 15.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Canberra Region's local labour force population increased by 6,955 people (7.9%). This represents an average annual change of 1.54% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the local labour force age structure in the Canberra Region between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • 55 to 64 years (+3,532 local labour force)
  • 45 to 54 years (+1,526 local labour force)
  • 65 years and over (+1,286 local labour force)
  • 15 to 24 years (+491 local labour force)

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