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Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Macarthur Region, 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 Macarthur 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 Macarthur Region, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 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, Macarthur Region 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.

Local workers age structure
Macarthur Region - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years14,64817.514.012,87317.714.5+1,775
25 to 34 years17,51720.923.113,98519.221.9+3,532
35 to 44 years18,25021.822.316,48222.723.1+1,768
45 to 54 years17,79521.321.316,82723.122.6+968
55 to 64 years12,54415.015.010,65214.614.4+1,892
65 years and over2,9513.54.31,9422.73.5+1,009

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

Local workers age structure, 2016
Local workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, New South Wales: 14.0% 25 to 34 years, New South Wales: 23.1% 35 to 44 years, New South Wales: 22.3% 45 to 54 years, New South Wales: 21.3% 55 to 64 years, New South Wales: 15.0% 65 years and over, New South Wales: 4.3% 15 to 24 years, Macarthur Region: 17.5% 25 to 34 years, Macarthur Region: 20.9% 35 to 44 years, Macarthur Region: 21.8% 45 to 54 years, Macarthur Region: 21.3% 55 to 64 years, Macarthur Region: 15.0% 65 years and over, Macarthur Region: 3.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, Macarthur Region - All industries: +1,775 25 to 34 years, Macarthur Region - All industries: +3,532 35 to 44 years, Macarthur Region - All industries: +1,768 45 to 54 years, Macarthur Region - All industries: +968 55 to 64 years, Macarthur Region - All industries: +1,892 65 years and over, Macarthur Region - All industries: +1,009
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in the Macarthur Region in 2016 compared to New South Wales 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, 60.2% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.4% for New South Wales. 39.8% 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 Macarthur Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (17.5% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (20.9% compared to 23.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (3.5% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (21.8% compared to 22.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the Macarthur Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 25 to 34 years (+3,532 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+1,892 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (+1,775 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (+1,768 local workers)

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