Although technology improves many aspects of people’s lives, it also has the power to disrupt traditional ways of doing things. One possible area of disruption is employment and labor markets. Two new CSLF reports look at how different aspects of Georgia’s labor economy may be affected by the rise of new technologies.
In the first, Industry Sector Jobs at Risk in Georgia and Its Regions Due to New Technology, senior research associate Peter Bluestone looks at the industry sectors likely to be most impacted by new technologies that replace or scale back current jobs. In particular, Bluestone looks at the impacts on the labor force throughout the 12 Department of Community Affairs regions in Georgia.
The second report is The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Labor Force in Georgia. In this study, graduate research assistant Emmanuel Chike and AYSPS Dean Sally Wallace look to answer three questions in relation to Georgia: What percentage of jobs in Georgia will be affected by artificial intelligence and automation? Which job skills are most likely to be affected? What policy responses can mitigate the impacts of the automation?
Both reports support the idea that jobs particularly susceptible to new automation technologies are those that rely primarily on rote tasks, particularly in the manufacturing sector. Understanding the scope of change in these types of occupations is a critical step to supporting and transforming the labor force to take advantage of these changes.