People work (or choose not to work), in part, depending on where they live and how old they are. People also prefer to live in different places. Factors such as employment opportunities, amenities, or even family ties dictate to such. In like fashion, some industries attract a certain age demographic and are necessarily located in certain places.
The US Census Bureau tracks data that can shed light on some of this variation. It allows economists to analyze the differences in age groups in different areas and industries.
The graph below shows employment by age in Utah, Castle Country, (Carbon and Emery counties), and the Castle Country mining sector and utility sectors. For accounting purposes, all extractive industries are shown but the overwhelming majority of these jobs are in coal mining. Mining and utilities were singled out due to its prominence in the Castle Country’s economic foundation.
Lastly, it stands to reason that if workers in in the older cohorts are heavily represented in the mining and utility sectors, they must be less represented in other industries. With respect to the larger industries, both cohorts are significantly underrepresented in the accommodation and retail trade sectors.