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Robots Encroach on Up to 800 Million Jobs Around the World

  • Bloomberg Economics estimates workers in high-risk sectors
  • Says greater automation could worsen income inequality
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech Plant Ceremony
Photographer: Vladimir Weiss

Advances in automation technology threaten a significant share of jobs in industries accounting for nearly a quarter of the global workforce, according to Bloomberg Economics’ estimates.

In a report released Tuesday, economists Ziad Daoud and Scott Johnson said that could mean as many as 800 million people face a high exposure to the risk of their employment becoming obsolete. The Gulf Cooperation Council, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan are most vulnerable to disruption from automation, they wrote.