Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In Whitsunday, 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 Whitsunday. 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 Whitsunday, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers age structure
Whitsunday Regional Council - All industries20212016Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
15 to 24 years2,59415.215.62,33115.415.6+263
25 to 34 years3,82022.421.63,42522.721.8+395
35 to 44 years3,38019.821.83,06820.321.9+312
45 to 54 years3,43320.121.03,13920.821.8+294
55 to 64 years2,84016.715.32,43916.114.8+401
65 years and over9835.84.77024.64.0+281
Total Persons17,050100.0100.015,104100.0100.0+1,946

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in Whitsunday in 2021compared 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, 57.4% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.0% for Queensland. 42.6% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 41.0% for Queensland.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.8% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (20.1% compared to 21.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.7% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (5.8% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in Whitsunday between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • 55 to 64 years (+401 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+395 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (+312 local workers)
  • 45 to 54 years (+294 local workers)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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