RDA Limestone Coast Region

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Limestone Coast region

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Limestone Coast region, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) working in All industries.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in the Limestone Coast 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 the Limestone Coast region, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Data source

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 Limestone Coast 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.
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Local workers age structure
RDA Limestone Coast Region - All industries 20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2011 - 2016
15 to 24 years4,07114.314.14,18014.415.4-109
25 to 34 years4,86317.021.05,08717.520.2-224
35 to 44 years5,57619.520.96,34921.922.2-773
45 to 54 years6,69223.522.66,99024.123.3-298
55 to 64 years5,33718.716.85,03217.315.6+305
65 years and over1,9897.04.61,4144.93.3+575
Total Persons28,528100.0100.029,052100.0100.0-524

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id informed decisions

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in the Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to South Australia 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, 50.9% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 56.0% for South Australia. 49.1% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 44.0% for South Australia.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the Limestone Coast region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (17.0% compared to 21.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.5% compared to 20.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (18.7% compared to 16.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (7.0% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the Limestone Coast region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 35 to 44 years (-773 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+575 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+305 local workers)
  • 45 to 54 years (-298 local workers)

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