According to a report by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), the United States is among the top three countries in the world in the number of workers who lose their jobs due to automation.
The report found that the percentage of workers lost in auto manufacturing, auto parts and auto repair is up significantly since the year 2000, when there were 5,711 manufacturing jobs lost.
Now, the number is almost five times as high.
“Automation has affected the manufacturing industry in many ways,” said IRLE President and CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
“There are new technologies in manufacturing, and automation has allowed companies to make cheaper products and services that can be delivered to consumers at less cost, while also cutting down on the amount of manufacturing that takes place.”
The Institute for Labor Economics and Policy (ILEP) estimates that the cost of manufacturing is expected to rise to $6.2 trillion by 2021, and to $15 trillion by 2030.
It says that a majority of the jobs lost in the manufacturing sector in the U.S. are from part-time and temporary workers.
While the overall unemployment rate is still far below 10 percent, there has been a dramatic decline in part-timers, particularly among young people, who have struggled to find full-time employment.
The report finds that part- time and temporary employment declined from 6.6 percent in 2011 to 3.4 percent in 2021.
The unemployment rate for part- timers has also dropped dramatically since 2011, as the unemployment rate has decreased from 11.1 percent to 8.9 percent.
The share of part-timer workers is also falling.
In the same time period, the share of all workers who are part- and temporary, or who have stopped looking for full- or part-employment, has increased.
According to the report, the rate of automation in the auto industry has been decreasing, but the unemployment situation in the industry is still dire.
While part-timmers are being displaced, the unemployment is still quite high for those who have been working part time.
“There is no chance that automation will completely wipe out manufacturing in the United Sates,” Brabeek-Let Mathe told Fox Business.
“Automation is still a factor in our manufacturing industry.”
The ILEP report found the number and size of part time and part- temporary workers has declined by 30.4 and 30.2 percent since the years 2000 and 2000, respectively.
Part-timing, the percentage that has stopped looking, has dropped from 6 percent in 2020 to 5.5 percent in 2025.
Part-time workers were most likely to be displaced by automation, the report found.
The percentage of part timers has dropped by a staggering 80 percent.
In 2016, only 12.2 million part timers were employed in the automotive industry, but by 2025 that number has more than doubled to 24.5 million.