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‘Carolina Comeback’ increasingly threatened by automation, extensive subcontracting (w/ video)

If you missed it over the Labor Day Holiday, the good folks at the NC Justice Center have released a fascinating new report that examines the future of work in our state in the not too distant future.

Like the national economy in recent years, North Carolina has experienced significant decline in its labor force, the replacement of good-wage manufacturing jobs with low-wage service jobs, wage stagnation, and increased income inequality.

Rapid technological development presents two main challenges to policy makers: first, increased automation is on a course that could potentially eliminate jobs and entire occupations; and second, communications and logistics technologies are making it easier to fundamentally transform the relationship between employer and employee in a way that weakens worker bargaining power, protections, and wages.

Allan Freyer and Patrick McHugh, two of the authors of The State of Working North Carolina 2015: The Future of Work, appear on NC Policy Watch’s radio show this week to discuss the new report and what the findings will mean for employees, employers as well as North Carolina lawmakers.

Click below to hear an excerpt of that radio interview. You can learn more about their research on the main Policy Watch website.

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