Bellingen Shire

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In Bellingen Shire, there are less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) working in All industries.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in Bellingen 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 Bellingen Shire, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers age structure
Bellingen Shire - All industries20212016Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2016 - 2021
15 to 24 years46311.513.83349.314.0+129
25 to 34 years57414.322.948013.323.1+94
35 to 44 years68717.122.666918.522.3+18
45 to 54 years88422.120.390925.221.3-25
55 to 64 years96224.015.390525.115.0+57
65 years and over43911.05.13138.74.3+126
Total Persons4,009100.0100.03,610100.0100.0+399

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in Bellingen Shire in 2021compared 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, 43.0% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for New South Wales. 57.0% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for New South Wales.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (14.3% compared to 22.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (17.1% compared to 22.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (24.0% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (11.0% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in Bellingen Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • 15 to 24 years (+129 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+126 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+94 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+57 local workers)

Bellingen Shire

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