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Labour force composition

Over time, the ethnic composition of the population in the younger working age group (15–39 years) has been changing, and this will continue in the future. The proportion of people in the European or Other ethnic group is declining over time, however this group remains the largest.

Figure 1.10

Graph, percentage of population aged 15-30 years

The sharpest growth is in the Asian ethnic group, largely due to migration. In 1991 this was the smallest ethnic group (3.8 percent). By 2006, the size of the 15–39 year age group had exceeded the Pacific group (12.6 percent and 7.8 percent respectively). The ethnic population projections indicate that the growth in the Asian group will continue. Even so, the proportion of the Pacific ethnic group in this age bracket is projected to increase to 10.6 percent by 2021.

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