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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years13,61914.915.613,89815.216.5-279
25 to 34 years15,23016.621.814,40315.721.2+827
35 to 44 years18,24619.921.920,27022.123.1-2,024
45 to 54 years22,01324.021.823,08825.222.1-1,075
55 to 64 years17,40219.014.816,05217.514.0+1,350
65 years and over5,1235.64.03,9024.33.1+1,221

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, Queensland: 15.6% 25 to 34 years, Queensland: 21.8% 35 to 44 years, Queensland: 21.9% 45 to 54 years, Queensland: 21.8% 55 to 64 years, Queensland: 14.8% 65 years and over, Queensland: 4.0% 15 to 24 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 14.9% 25 to 34 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 16.6% 35 to 44 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 19.9% 45 to 54 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 24.0% 55 to 64 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 19.0% 65 years and over, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 5.6%
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -279 25 to 34 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +827 35 to 44 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -2,024 45 to 54 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -1,075 55 to 64 years, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,350 65 years and over, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,221
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 51.4% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 48.6% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (19.0% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (24.0% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (16.6% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.9% compared to 21.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 35 to 44 years (-2,024 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+1,350 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+1,221 local workers)
  • 45 to 54 years (-1,075 local workers)

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