These States Are Most Vulnerable to Workplace Automation

June 24, 2019

A new report from Oxford Economics predicts that 20 million jobs will be lost to robots in the next decade. Traditionally, mainly manufacturing jobs have been considered to be at risk, but new technologies mean that even those in service jobs could see displacement. According to the study, some states will be more threatened than others.

Oxford Economics identifies Oregon as the most vulnerable state, followed by Louisiana and Texas. The report notes that these are lower-skilled regions, and they already have weaker economies and high unemployment, making them more vulnerable. The states least at risk are those with little manufacturing, where tourism and other services are more central to the economy. The report ranks Hawaii, Nevada, Florida, and Vermont as the least likely to see widespread job loss.

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