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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Individual income quartiles

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the 'lowest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 46% of the resident workers (Retail Trade).

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 the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the local labour force, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes 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, Occupation, Qualification and the Age structure of the local resident workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.

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

Resident workers individual income quartiles
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Lowest group4,98245.745.85,63246.547.6-650
Medium lowest3,63033.331.03,99032.929.9-360
Medium highest1,59814.615.51,78614.715.2-188
Highest group7036.47.77115.97.3-9

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

Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Calculated from income data for Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2016
2011
Lowest group $0 to $620 $0 to $551
Medium lowest $621 to $980 $552 to $883
Medium highest $981 to $1,515 $884 to $1,355
Highest group $1,516 and over $1,356 and over

Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016
Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 7.7% Medium highest, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 15.5% Medium lowest, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 31.0% Lowest group, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 45.8% Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 6.4% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 14.6% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 33.3% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : 45.7%
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 individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : -9 Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : -188 Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : -360 Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade : -650
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

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the resident workers (Retail Trade) by income quartile in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Queensland shows that there was lesser proportion of people in the highest income quartile, and a similar proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the resident workers (Retail Trade) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 was in the lowest quartile which showed a slight decrease of -650 people.

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