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Local workers - Individual income quartiles - All industries

In the Cook Shire, the 'highest group' quartile is the largest group, comprising 38% of the male local workers.

Individual Income is an indicator of socio-economic status, skills and occupations required in a particular industry. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities of people in an industry.

Income quartiles are used to condense income categories into manageable units, adjust for the effects of inflation, and allow areas to be compared over time relative to a benchmark. The incomes for a specified industry for the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the workers in that industry, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes in that industry in the local area to changes statewide, or against another benchmark. For more information on how quartiles are calculated please refer to the data notes.

As well as being related to the type of jobs and qualifications required in a particular industry, income levels can be related to the level of part-time employment, Occupations, Qualifications and the Age structure of the local workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Cook Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers individual income quartiles
Cook Shire - All industries - Males 20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%. FNQROCNumber%. FNQROC2011 - 2016
Lowest group36720.829.146233.130.3-95
Medium lowest30717.429.127719.829.5+30
Medium highest42624.124.227019.423.8+155
Highest group66737.817.638727.716.5+280
Total Males1,766100.0100.01,396100.0100.0+370

Source: Derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented .id the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Calculated from income data for FNQROC Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges20162011
Lowest group$0 to $743$0 to $681
Medium lowest$744 to $1,143$682 to $1,043
Medium highest$1,144 to $1,712$1,044 to $1,579
Highest group$1,713 and over$1,580 and over
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Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the male workers by income quartile compared to FNQROC shows that there was greater proportion of males in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the male local workers between 2011 and 2016 was in the "highest group" quartile which showed an increase of 280 males.

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