These Are The 10 US States Most Vulnerable To Job-Stealing Robots



Beware the job-stealing robots – experts predict they will put 73 million Americans out of work by 2030, while as many as half of vocations could be at risk of automation in the upcoming decades. Now, the team at Smart Asset, a financial technology company based in New York, have worked out how at risk you are entirely based on the state you live in.

People living in the South and Midwest are most at risk, according to the data, but not by very much. In almost all states, 50 to 60 percent of jobs were considered at risk of automation.


The team calculated a state's vulnerability to automation by collecting stats on the number of people working in various different occupations and how at risk those occupations are from automation. For the latter, they used research from Oxford University looking at the susceptibility of 702 vocations to computerization to determine the percentage chance a job will be automated within the next 20 years. Then, they multiplied the chance a job will be automated by the number of people employed in that occupation. 

According to that data, these are the 10 states most at risk of automation:

  1. 1. Nevada – 59.16 percent

  2. 2. South Dakota – 58.49 percent

  3. 3. Wyoming – 56.4 percent

  4. 4. Louisiana – 55.9 percent

  5. 5.Montana – 55.36 percent

  6. 6. South Carolina – 55.28 percent

  7. 7. Mississipi – 55.09 percent

  8. 8. Florida – 55.03 percent

  9. 9. Texas – 55.01percent

  10. 10. Alabama – 54.99 percent

  11. Nevada topped the list with three out of five jobs at risk of automation. Those at the highest risk are those working in the retail industry, who have a 92 percent chance of being replaced by a robot. But it is the state's gambling and hospitality industries that really earn Nevada the number one spot. As of now, they are major employers but they might not be for much longer, with gaming dealers, maids, and bartenders having around a 65 percent risk of automation.

  12. Other jobs at high risk include cashiers, fast food workers, trailer truck drivers, office clerks, and hand laborers and material movers. Meanwhile, police officers, vocational nurses, and childcare workers have a less than 10 percent chance of being replaced by robots.

  13. The bad news is that even states at the bottom of the table have many jobs highly vulnerable to automation – Massachusetts, which just falls behind DC, at number 50 on the table still has a score of 47.43 percent.

  14. The good news is that while we may see a major shift in the workplace over the next few years, it's likely we'll see more jobs emerge as a result of the new technology. (And maybe, hopefully a few more three-day weekends.)

  15. To see where your state ranks on the list, click here.


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