Released earlier this year, the report found that 47 percent of jobs in America are at risk because of the growing reach of automation. Those employed in Fresno, Calif., are at the greatest risk of losing their jobs at 53.8 percent. Those employed Las Vegas, as well as smaller cities like Greensboro, N.C., Reading, Pa., and Grand Rapids, Mich. round out the top five at 49.1, 48.5, 48.4, and 47.9 percent respectively. Los Angeles and Houston, America’s second and fourth most populated cities, are also in the top 11 of the feared listing.
Citigroup said that the more specialized a city is, the more likely it is to be vulnerable to job loss caused by automation. Conversely, cities that are more diversified are more likely to succeed in maintaining jobs in the face of increased computerization.
San Francisco has been successful in dealing with technological breakthroughs because it has shown that it can adapt to these changes, according to the study.
Outside of the U.S., nations that have a great number of workers employed in lower-skill industries, especially developing countries, have grown increasingly vulnerable to technological advancements.
At 85 percent, those working in Ethiopia are more likely than any other workforce to be impacted by automation, according to Citigroup and World Bank. The report also found that 77 percent of the jobs in China and 69 percent of the jobs in India are currently susceptible to being lost due to automation.
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