Bloomberg Law
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:36 PM

Robots Are Hurting U.S. Workers Wages, Regional Fed Study Finds

Simon Kennedy
Simon Kennedy
Bloomberg News

Automation has “contributed substantially” to reducing the portion of national income that goes to U.S. workers over the past two decades, according to a new study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Despite the lowest unemployment rate in around 50 years, the so-called labor share has fallen to about 56% from 63% in 2000 and the increased use of robots and other technology has been an important driving factor, the economists Sylvain Leduc and Zheng Liu wrote in the report published on Sept. 30.

Credit: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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