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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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, RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Other Services %Number%Other Services %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years18,01615.521.118,88116.522.2-865
25 to 34 years22,84219.622.520,94818.319.9+1,894
35 to 44 years23,14119.917.824,99721.819.5-1,856
45 to 54 years25,61722.018.726,16322.820.5-546
55 to 64 years19,76317.014.618,23115.913.8+1,532
65 years and over6,9216.05.45,5444.84.1+1,377

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, Other Services: 21.1% 25 to 34 years, Other Services: 22.5% 35 to 44 years, Other Services: 17.8% 45 to 54 years, Other Services: 18.7% 55 to 64 years, Other Services: 14.6% 65 years and over, Other Services: 5.4% 15 to 24 years, All industries: 15.5% 25 to 34 years, All industries: 19.6% 35 to 44 years, All industries: 19.9% 45 to 54 years, All industries: 22.0% 55 to 64 years, All industries: 17.0% 65 years and over, All industries: 6.0%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -865 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,894 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -1,856 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -546 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,532 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,377
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Other Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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, 55.0% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 61.3% for the Other Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. 45.0% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 38.7% for the Other Services workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Other Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (22.0% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.0% compared to 14.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (15.5% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (19.6% compared to 22.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 25 to 34 years (+1,894 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (-1,856 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+1,532 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+1,377 local workers)

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