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Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs At Risk of Automation and AI Replacement in Minnesota

imageForEntry25 fWBThe U.S. job market is about to enter an era of unprecedented change that could impact tens of millions of workers. As robotics and artificial intelligence technologies continue to advance, companies will be able to leverage new, cost effective tools to create and deliver their products to the market, while reducing their need for workers.

Several media and tech companies, including BuzzFeed and Microsoft, have already stated their intentions to use artificial intelligence to generate content and improve their products. And while BuzzFeed claims that AI will not impact the size of its workforce, the announcement came a month after the company laid off 12% of its employees to cut costs.

The advantages AI can offer businesses is undeniable, and the implications are impossible to ignore. AI is capable of automating a wide range of tasks that, until now, have been performed by humans. But unlike human beings, an AI does not need regular paychecks or breaks. And as AI capabilities continue to develop, virtually no industry will be left untouched. (Here is a look at the fastest growing industries in America.)

According to a recent report from NetVoucherCodes, a U.K.-based voucher code website, automation and AI pose a high risk to 411,350 jobs in Minnesota in the coming years – or 17.9% of all jobs considered, the 12th smallest share among states.

Distinct from AI, automation – such as the software used in automatic checkout counters or robotics used in manufacturing – poses risk to the largest number of jobs in the coming years. In Minnesota, automation poses a high risk to 359,070 jobs, compared to 52,280 jobs exposed to risk from AI technology.

All data in this story was compiled by NetVoucherCodes. States are ranked on the share of all jobs that are at high risk of being replaced by AI or automation. Notably, NetVoucherCodes used an AI program to aid in its analysis.

Rank State Share of all jobs at high-risk of replacement (%) Total jobs at high-risk of replacement Jobs at high-risk of AI replacement Jobs at high-risk of replacement by automation
1 South Dakota 24.8 89,350 15,440 73,910
2 Nebraska 21.9 176,680 18,890 157,790
3 Tennessee 21.7 547,560 61,120 486,440
4 Iowa 21.7 272,950 29,590 243,360
5 Indiana 21.6 549,860 51,210 498,650
6 Arkansas 21.2 216,260 17,340 198,920
7 Wisconsin 21.0 495,330 59,690 435,640
8 Alabama 20.9 344,400 38,310 306,090
9 Ohio 20.9 929,640 107,080 822,560
10 Kentucky 20.9 327,290 33,430 293,860
11 Kansas 20.8 236,400 28,580 207,820
12 Mississippi 20.6 195,620 17,100 178,520
13 Oklahoma 20.6 269,620 35,820 233,800
14 South Carolina 20.5 368,450 32,150 336,300
15 Arizona 20.5 506,120 51,850 454,270
16 New Hampshire 20.1 109,400 13,910 95,490
17 Michigan 20.1 694,520 71,930 622,590
18 North Carolina 19.9 745,580 90,270 655,310
19 Texas 19.8 2,040,080 237,000 1,803,080
20 Utah 19.7 256,970 26,650 230,320
21 Missouri 19.6 455,330 56,590 398,740
22 Maine 19.6 97,030 12,730 84,300
23 Nevada 19.4 214,940 19,470 195,470
24 New Jersey 19.4 630,680 85,550 545,130
25 Idaho 19.4 125,000 13,780 111,220
26 Florida 19.2 1,406,350 172,110 1,234,240
27 Georgia 19.0 699,460 81,910 617,550
28 West Virginia 18.9 104,940 11,720 93,220
29 Oregon 18.9 285,850 35,950 249,900
30 Pennsylvania 18.7 884,570 120,790 763,780
31 Wyoming 18.7 41,610 5,500 36,110
32 North Dakota 18.5 62,800 8,300 54,500
33 New Mexico 18.4 120,430 14,810 105,620
34 Montana 18.3 71,650 12,210 59,440
35 Illinois 18.2 876,020 109,560 766,460
36 Delaware 18.2 67,530 11,540 55,990
37 Virginia 18.0 565,150 92,200 472,950
38 Rhode Island 18.0 69,650 10,660 58,990
39 Minnesota 17.9 411,350 52,280 359,070
40 Louisiana 17.9 273,870 33,500 240,370
41 Hawaii 17.7 82,110 10,290 71,820
42 Colorado 17.6 387,900 64,200 323,700
43 Alaska 17.2 42,040 6,760 35,280
44 California 16.9 2,322,630 321,900 2,000,730
45 Washington 16.7 443,700 64,540 379,160
46 Maryland 16.5 346,580 51,080 295,500
47 Connecticut 16.5 222,010 30,970 191,040
48 Vermont 15.8 37,830 6,280 31,550
49 Massachusetts 15.4 444,870 81,240 363,630
50 New York 15.3 1,119,470 200,060 919,410
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