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West Coast Council area

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In West Coast Council area, 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 Cradle Coast Region. 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 Cradle Coast Region, 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
West Coast Council area - All industries20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years32214.015.029214.415.7+30
25 to 34 years46820.418.238819.218.4+80
35 to 44 years53023.122.452726.024.4+3
45 to 54 years57124.925.051725.525.5+54
55 to 64 years33614.616.226112.913.7+75
65 years and over683.03.2412.02.3+27

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, Tasmania: 15.0% 25 to 34 years, Tasmania: 18.2% 35 to 44 years, Tasmania: 22.4% 45 to 54 years, Tasmania: 25.0% 55 to 64 years, Tasmania: 16.2% 65 years and over, Tasmania: 3.2% 15 to 24 years, West Coast Council area: 14.0% 25 to 34 years, West Coast Council area: 20.4% 35 to 44 years, West Coast Council area: 23.1% 45 to 54 years, West Coast Council area: 24.9% 55 to 64 years, West Coast Council area: 14.6% 65 years and over, West Coast Council area: 3.0%
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, West Coast Council area - All industries: +30 25 to 34 years, West Coast Council area - All industries: +80 35 to 44 years, West Coast Council area - All industries: +3 45 to 54 years, West Coast Council area - All industries: +54 55 to 64 years, West Coast Council area - All industries: +75 65 years and over, West Coast Council area - All industries: +27
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 West Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Tasmania shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 57.5% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 55.6% for Tasmania. 42.5% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 44.4% for Tasmania.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (20.4% compared to 18.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (23.1% compared to 22.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (14.6% compared to 16.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (14.0% compared to 15.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in West Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 25 to 34 years (+80 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+75 local workers)
  • 45 to 54 years (+54 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (+30 local workers)

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