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Table 1 Participant characteristics for those aged 45 years or older at baseline (N = 2013)

From: Employment and retirement impacts on health and wellbeing among a sample of rural Australians

Characteristic Data source:
Baseline
(N = 2013)
% (n)
All follow-ups
(3366 surveys, N = 1469)
% (n)
5-year follow-up
(N = 954)
% (n)
Work/retirement status
 Employed (all available phases) 40.2 (810) 37.9 (1277) 37.9 (362)
 Not in workforce (all available phases) 7.4 (148) 2.9 (98) 1.6 (15)
 Retired (all available phases) 38.2 (769) 36.0 (1213) 33.8 (322)
 Employed to retired 6.8 (136) 11.0 (370) 12.8 (122)
 Not in workforce to retired 3.4 (68) 5.6 (187) 6.3 (60)
 Initially retired - Re-entered workforcea 0.7 (15) 1.2 (40) 1.5 (14)
 Initially employed - Multiple changesa 1.1 (22) 1.9 (64) 2.3 (22)
 Not in workforce, then Multiple changesa 1.7 (35) 2.6 (89) 2.8 (27)
 Initially retired – Multiple changesa 0.5 (10) 0.8 (28) 1.0 (10)
Age Mean (SD) 61.35 (10.00) 63.76 (9.67) 65.51 (9.26)
Sex
 Male 42.7 (860) 41.4 (1394) 40.3 (384)
 Female 57.3 (1153) 58.6 (1972) 59.7 (570)
Live on a farm
 No 76.7 (1518) 79.5 (2642) 80.8 (761)
 Yes 23.3 (461) 20.5 (682) 19.2 (181)
Any chronic disease
 No 46.9 (945) 38.1 (1284) 33.5 (320)
 Yes 53.1 (1068) 61.9 (2082) 66.5 (634)
Currently married
 No 24.0 (480) 24.1 (806) 25.2 (238)
 Yes 76.0 (1517) 75.9 (2541) 74.8 (706)
Recent adverse life events Mean (SD) 1.29 (1.29) 1.03 (1.14) 1.20 (1.24)
 0–2 84.5 (1667) 89.6 (2997) 86.4 (822)
 3–5 14.6 (288) 9.9 (331) 12.4 (118)
 6–9 0.9 (18) 0.5 (18) 1.2 (11)
ARIA Mean (SD) 4.06 (3.14) 3.91 (3.07) 3.82 (2.98)
 Inner regional 39.7 (800) 41.2 (1386) 41.3 (394)
 Outer regional 36.1 (726) 36.9 (1241) 37.9 (362)
 Remote 18.9 (380) 16.8 (566) 16.2 (155)
 Very remote 5.3 (107) 5.1 (172) 4.5 (43)
Occupation
 Manager 17.0 (342) 18.5 (624) 19.1 (182)
 Professional 16.9 (341) 20.0 (674) 21.4 (204)
 Technician/trade worker 8.0 (162) 7.9 (267) 7.4 (71)
 Community or personal service worker 7.0 (140) 7.7 (259) 8.3 (79)
 Clerical or administrative worker 12.9 (260) 13.4 (451) 13.2 (126)
 Sales worker 5.0 (100) 5.9 (197) 5.9 (56)
 Machinery operator or driver 4.3 (86) 3.3 (111) 3.0 (29)
 Labourer 6.8 (136) 6.1 (204) 5.3 (51)
 Not in workforce 7.6 (153) 4.3 (144) 3.1 (30)
 Mixed occupations 6.5 (130) 10.5 (353) 12.7 (121)
 Missing 8.1 (163) 2.4 (82) 0.5 (5)
  1. Note: ARIA, Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia Plus. A primary occupation category was derived for each participant based on all available surveys
  2. aThese sub-groups were excluded from the primary analyses due to small sample sizes and variable employment/retirement patterns