Robots really did take people's jobs, study indicates

By BuzzFeed News

Mar 31, 2017

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Every new robot added to an American factory in recent decades reduced employment in the surrounding area by 6.2 workers, according to a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Researchers worked to separate the impact of robots from other big-picture economic trends that hit the US workforce in the same period, like imports from China and Mexico, computer software replacing office work, and offshoring. "Predictably, the major categories experiencing substantial declines are routine manual occupations, blue-collar workers, operators and assembly workers, and machinists and transport workers," wrote economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University in the study.

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