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Report: Automation may eliminate half of NC’s current jobs in one generation (video)

If you feel secure in your current job, here’s something that may give you pause:

New analysis by NC State University suggests that jobs in some 39 major current employment categories in our state are at least 70% likely to be eliminated within one generation as a result of automation.

The so-called Disruption Index for North Carolina finds that low-wage jobs are especially at risk.

The index that was developed for this year’s Emerging Issues Forum also finds that on average, North Carolina counties face the potential loss of more than 25% of their current jobs as a result of automation, robots and future technologies.

According to the index, counties poised to take the greatest hit include: Watauga (41% predicted percentage of job losses), Carteret (40%), Dare (40%), Johnston (40%), Buncombe (39%) and Catawba (39%).  See the interactive map below for anticipated job and wage loss.

Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI), joins us this weekend to discuss the index and the focus of FutureWork. Click below for a preview of her interview with Chris Fitzsimon.

Monday’s Emerging Issues Forum will be streamed live on the web and broadcast on UNC-TV.

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