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Brookings: Indiana, Kentucky are the states most at risk for job loss due to automation

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Though experts disagree on the exact number of U.S. jobs that are at risk of being eliminated by automation in the coming decades, economists are already trying to determine which states and cities may be the most affected.

While that doesn’t mean their jobs will be automated entirely, those states are home to more occupations where automation is more likely to be widely deployed in the coming decades.

The Brookings report used “potential for automation” values assigned to more than 800 occupations developed by McKinsey in a report released last year.

McKinsey’s scores are calculated based on what percentage of tasks that make up jobs could be “automated by 2030 or in next decades, based on currently demonstrated technologies.” Accommodation and food services jobs have the highest potential of automation, at 74 percent, followed by manufacturing.

Educational occupations have one of the lowest automation occupational scores, at 27 percent.

The authors note that only 0.5 of the U.S. workforce is in a job where 100 percent of the tasks have the potential to be automated in the coming decades.

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