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Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Gunnedah 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 Gunnedah 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 Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire - All industries20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years71815.514.463815.215.4+80
25 to 34 years77216.721.965415.621.9+118
35 to 44 years92620.023.294522.624.2-19
45 to 54 years1,13224.422.71,11426.623.1+18
55 to 64 years83318.014.564115.312.9+192
65 years and over2525.43.41934.62.6+59

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, New South Wales: 14.4% 25 to 34 years, New South Wales: 21.9% 35 to 44 years, New South Wales: 23.2% 45 to 54 years, New South Wales: 22.7% 55 to 64 years, New South Wales: 14.5% 65 years and over, New South Wales: 3.4% 15 to 24 years, Gunnedah Shire: 15.5% 25 to 34 years, Gunnedah Shire: 16.7% 35 to 44 years, Gunnedah Shire: 20.0% 45 to 54 years, Gunnedah Shire: 24.4% 55 to 64 years, Gunnedah Shire: 18.0% 65 years and over, Gunnedah Shire: 5.4%
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, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +80 25 to 34 years, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +118 35 to 44 years, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -19 45 to 54 years, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +18 55 to 64 years, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +192 65 years and over, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +59
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 Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to New South Wales 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, 52.1% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.4% for New South Wales. 47.9% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.6% for New South Wales.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (18.0% compared to 14.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (5.4% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (16.7% compared to 21.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.0% compared to 23.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • 55 to 64 years (+192 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+118 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (+80 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+59 local workers)

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