Voices: Montague

Exploring the mirage that automation increases unemployment

Continued criticism masks the reality that thousands of manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to a lack of people and skills.

By Jim Montague
Jan 24, 2017

I recently heard it repeated in several print and video formats that "automation is putting people out of work." I've seen this opinion tossed out a few times over the years, but this latest batch of a half dozen examples cropped up in just the past few weeks. I'd like to assume it's just part of the baloney wave floating in since the U.S. election, but even some respectable outlets were condemning automation with pretty much zero documentation to back up their assertions.

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