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With Washington behind, cities step up
by Mike Allen ·Jun 02, 2018
Photo: Fiat Chrysler robots in Warren, Mich. - by Bill Pugliano
from Axios AM:Mike's Top 10 — Weekend deep dive: The robot revolution
Congress and the Trump administration have yet to create a coherent policy response to a widely forecast social and economic tsunami resulting from automation.
But cities and regions are starting to act on their own.
What's happening: In Indianapolis, about 338,000 people are at high risk of automation taking their jobs, according to a New America report. (see Link #1 below) In Phoenix, the number is 650,000. In both cases, that's 35% of the workforce. In northeastern Ohio, about 40,000 workers are at high risk.
In all three places, local officials are attempting to take charge by identifying jobs most at risk, skills most likely to be in great future demand, and how to organize education and industry around a new economy.
Why it matters: Their wary first steps are a snapshot of how economies throughout the advanced countries will have to respond to an already-underway economic disruption that will be of unknown duration and magnitude.
By the numbers in Indianapolis and Phoenix:
Restaurant workers — food service workers, waiters and cooks — will lose the most jobs, followed by retail sales people and cashiers. Their average salary is about $32,000 a year (compared with about $67,000 for 300 low-risk occupations).
Among those at highest risk: Cashiers have a 97% chance of losing their job to automation; and office workers like secretaries and administrative assistants at 96%. Food servers in Indianapolis are at 94%.
Among the lowest risk: Registered nurses have less than a 50% chance of being automated out of their job.
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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Founded: January 6, 1821
September 3, 1832
March 30, 1847
Est. 2017: 863,002
Urban: 1,487,483 (US: 33rd)
Metro: 2,004,230 (US: 34th)
CSA : 2,386,199 (US: 27th)
In 2015, the Indianapolis metropolitan area had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $134 billion. The top five industries were: finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing ($30.7B), manufacturing ($30.1B), professional and business services ($14.3B), educational services, health care, and social assistance ($10.8B), and wholesale trade ($8.1B). Government, if it had been a private industry, would have ranked fifth, generating $10.2 billion. - Wikipedia
Phoenix, Arizona USA
February 25, 1881
State Capital: 1,626,078
Urban: 3,629,114 (US: 12th)
Metro: 4,737,270 (US: 12th)
As of 2014, the Phoenix MSA had a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of just over $215 billion. The top five industries were: real estate ($35.5B), Finance and insurance ($18.8B), manufacturing ($18.2B), Retail trade ($16.6B), and health care ($16.6B). Government, if it had been a private industry, would have been ranked third on the list, generating $18.9 billion. - Wikipedia