A surprising stat was that 44% of Otautau residents age 15 and over didn't have school qualifications. It would be interesting to know if there is a specific age group that makes up the bulk of this stat.
In the workforce, we have more labourers than any other profession. Unfortunately, the QuickStats don't show our unemployment rate but digging a little deeper into the stats website, I collated the following information.
|Otautau employment census statistics for 1996, 2001, and 2006|
It will be months before the results of Tuesday's census are in, and with the help of StatsNZ, we will be able to compare Otautau's profile over the last 17 years. But in the meantime, it does bring to mind another set of statistics that are interesting to look at - the 2011 election. I know - it's old news by now, but still interesting because it shows that Otautau is changing slowly. New people are coming in and increasing our electoral diversity - even if it's ever so slight.
Otautau voter numbers were down in 2011 - only 479 compared to 523 in the 2008 election. In fact, party votes for National, Labour and ACT were down while NZ First, the Greens and the Conservative Party showed significant gains.
|Otautau election results from 2008 and 2011|