Half of American jobs are at risk from automation, new study suggests

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By Nick Wells

The American workforce is under tremendous pressure, with change coming on multiple fronts. That uncertainty is leading to political and social turbulence, a new research paper suggests.

One in four American jobs are at risk of being shipped overseas in the coming years and about half could be replaced by automation, according to Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. A new paper titled, “How Vulnerable are American Communities to Automation, Trade, and Urbanization?” combines several recent studies on employment trends to present a stark view of the future job situation for certain parts of the country.

“Some places and people observe robust benefits while others observe primarily costs” from the changes underway, the researchers wrote. “This has important economic, social, and political implications.”

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