The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has the potential to permanently replace multiple humans jobs with machines and robots, according to recent studies on Monday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Layoffs have been incessantly frequent among workers in industries that can be automated, which increases the risk of those jobs which will become permanently obsolete.
The pandemic has sped up the adoption of automatic technology in 3 major ways according to a September 14th analysis. For employers, artificial intelligence offers a more efficient answer to their business needs, however expensive. For the employees, it can bring panic due to fear of loss of jobs and skills outdation.
Clerks, parking attendants, toll collectors, shuttle drivers, salespersons and slaughterhouse workers face the most risks of being replaced.
The longer the recession lasts, the deeper the impact of automation will be.
“In case the COVID-19 crisis evolves into a prolonged economic crisis, many job losses in automatable occupations could become permanent in the post-pandemic economy, similar to what happened during the recovery from the Great Recession,” Lei Ding and Saenz Molina, the economists in charge of the study wrote.