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Resident workers - Age structure

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance).

The Age Structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers is indicative of the skill-levels and experience that local businesses can draw upon. For example, younger resident workers, while less experienced, are typically more mobile and have higher level skills in use of new technologies.

For a complete local resident workers analysis for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualifications, Occupations, Hours worked and Income.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers age structure
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years1,50810.19.81,3719.910.3+137
25 to 34 years2,92019.621.82,28816.619.9+632
35 to 44 years2,93219.722.13,09922.523.5-167
45 to 54 years3,78925.524.43,92528.426.5-136
55 to 64 years3,13021.018.22,68319.417.0+447
65 years and over6074.13.84383.22.8+169

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

Resident workers age structure, 2016
Resident workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 9.8% 25 to 34 years, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 21.8% 35 to 44 years, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 22.1% 45 to 54 years, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 24.4% 55 to 64 years, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 18.2% 65 years and over, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.8% 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 10.1% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 19.6% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 19.7% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 25.5% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 21.0% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 4.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +137 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +632 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -167 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -136 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +447 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +169
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 resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower 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, 49.4% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) was aged under 45 years, compared to 53.7% for Queensland. 50.6% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 46.3% for Queensland.

The major differences between the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) aged 55 to 64 years (21.0% compared to 18.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) aged 45 to 54 years (25.5% compared to 24.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) aged 35 to 44 years (19.7% compared to 22.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) aged 25 to 34 years (19.6% compared to 21.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) population increased by 1,082 people (7.8%). This represents an average annual change of 1.52% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) age structure in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (+632 people)
  • 55 to 64 years (+447 people)
  • 65 years and over (+169 people)
  • 35 to 44 years (-167 people)

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