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Gunnedah Shire

Resident workers (Local) - Age structure

In the Gunnedah Shire, 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 Gunnedah Shire'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 Gunnedah Shire'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 Gunnedah Shire, 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
Gunnedah Shire 20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years83215.914.571115.215.8+121
25 to 34 years90417.321.972215.422.0+182
35 to 44 years1,05020.123.11,06822.824.1-18
45 to 54 years1,25624.022.61,24226.522.9+14
55 to 64 years91017.414.471415.312.7+196
65 years and over2765.33.42214.72.6+55

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, New South Wales: 14.5% 25 to 34 years, New South Wales: 21.9% 35 to 44 years, New South Wales: 23.1% 45 to 54 years, New South Wales: 22.6% 55 to 64 years, New South Wales: 14.4% 65 years and over, New South Wales: 3.4% 15 to 24 years, Gunnedah Shire: 15.9% 25 to 34 years, Gunnedah Shire: 17.3% 35 to 44 years, Gunnedah Shire: 20.1% 45 to 54 years, Gunnedah Shire: 24.0% 55 to 64 years, Gunnedah Shire: 17.4% 65 years and over, Gunnedah Shire: 5.3%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +121 25 to 34 years, Gunnedah Shire: +182 35 to 44 years, Gunnedah Shire: -18 45 to 54 years, Gunnedah Shire: +14 55 to 64 years, Gunnedah Shire: +196 65 years and over, Gunnedah Shire: +55
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 resident workers age structure of the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to New South Wales 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, 53.3% of the local resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.5% for New South Wales. 46.7% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.4727 for New South Wales.

The major differences between the local resident workers age structure of the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.4% compared to 14.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local resident workers aged 65 years and over (5.3% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (17.3% compared to 21.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.1% compared to 23.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Gunnedah Shire's local resident workers population increased by 550 people (11.8%). This represents an average annual change of 2.25% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the local resident workers age structure in the Gunnedah Shire between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • 55 to 64 years (+196 local resident workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+182 local resident workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (+121 local resident workers)
  • 65 years and over (+55 local resident workers)

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