By John P. Bailey of the American Enterprise Institute (“a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare.”) / March 6, 2019
Policymakers and business leaders are confronting two emerging challenges facing the country. One is how advancements in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are changing the nature of work, potentially displacing many workers and widening skills gaps. McKinsey, for example, estimates that 60 percent of all occupations have at least 30 percent of activities that could be automated. A second challenge is that the national trend data often masks areas of deep and persistent distress.
The intersection of these two trends is the topic of a new study titled: America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow.
The report suggests six responses: creating new jobs, retraining and upskilling, boosting mobility in the labor market, building and maintaining infrastructure, modernizing the social safety net, and strengthening education.
The right mix of policy solutions will depend on a community’s unique assets and challenges. Therefore, we must first have an accurate picture of American communities to find the right solutions. This is why the America at Work report is so valuable in helping us to better understand our nation of neighborhoods.
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