Young people — especially those in rural areas or who are underrepresented minorities — will have a greater likelihood of having their jobs replaced by automation.
Jobs traditionally held by men have a higher “average automation potential” than those held by women, meaning that a greater share of those tasks could be automated with current technology, according to Brookings.
That’s because the occupations men are more likely to hold tend to be more manual and more easily replaced by machines and artificial intelligence.
Women are also now more likely to attain higher education degrees than men, meaning their jobs could be somewhat safer from being usurped by automation.
Heartland states and rural areas — places that have large shares of employment in routine-intensive occupations like those found in the manufacturing, transportation, and extraction industries — contain a disproportionate share of occupations whose tasks are highly automatable.