Study Shows Valley Workers Most Vulnerable To Automation

Ranks 2nd From the Bottom In New Survey

Mitch Kelly
August 14, 2019 - 7:00 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Workers in Las Vegas are among the most vulnerable when it comes to losing their job to automation. 

That's according to a new study from financial planning website SmartAsset, that estimates nearly 60-percent of almost one-million jobs in the valley are susceptible to being taken over by computerization. 

When comparing states, Nevada ranked as the most vulnerable, with three-in-five jobs at risk. 

The Las Vegas-Henderson area ranks only behind the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area for jobs that could be lost to future automation.

According to the SmartAsset study, of the 967,550 jobs in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, 59.74% are susceptible to computerization.

In order to finds the places were jobs are most vulnerable to automation, Smart Asset looked at data for the biggest 150 metro areas in the U.S. Specifically comparing them across the following two metrics:

1) Total workers in occupations. This is the total number of workers in occupations for which we had data. Data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is from 2018.

2) Susceptibility of jobs to automation. This is the percentage chance an occupation will become automated over an unspecified number of years. Researchers say a decade or two is an appropriate timeline. Data comes from research done at Oxford University. Specifically, “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization?” by Carl B. Frey and Michael A. Osborne, published in 2013.

SmartAsset multiplied the number of jobs in each occupation by the chance they will be automated for each metropolitan area. The metropolitan area with the highest percentage of jobs at risk of automation scored first, while the metropolitan area with the lowest percentage of jobs at risk of automation scored last.

To take a look at the complete study, click here.