Economics

US Cities Are Losing Jobs To Robots

The fact that the robotics sector is flourishing is no big surprise and with it the fear that robots will replace humans at work. Shocking data reveals that the use of robots at work has more than doubled in the past decade. However, the robotic wave has not reached every corner of the world simultaneously. Some places have been affected more than others as per a report by the Century Foundation. It used "robot intensity" (the number of robots per every 1000 human employees) to measure the extent of use of robotics in a place. Higher the number, more bad news it is for human employees.

US Cities Where Robotics Rule

Cities with thriving manufacturing industries in the US have impressive robotic intensity metrics. Jobs in production factories, as well as other forms of automated machinery and routine jobs, have largely been usurped by robots. 

For example, cities in California, home to Silicon Valley, have the highest robot intensities. Robotic use is so hugely popular in California that an entire farm controlled and run by artificial intelligence was set up in 2018. Named the Iron Ox, it is now even selling produce that comes to you from robot farmers!

The table below ranks US cities based on robotic intensity metrics. Several places have tied up in the same position.

Robots To Take Over The Future

Multiple studies have revealed a future dominated by robots. It is estimated that the robots are soon to displace between 45% and 57% of the workforce in the US and OECD nations respectively. Youth and minorities will bear the biggest brunt of this change.

RankUS CitiesRobotic Intensity Metrics
1Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California6.910
2Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Illinois 6.015
3Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, Texas3.375
4Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona2.163
5Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan1.700
6Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin1.629
7Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland1.505
8San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California1.438
9Indianapolis, Indiana1.434
10Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio1.289

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