The new report about the vulnerability of manufacturing jobs being lost due to increased use of robots from Oxford Economics cites North Carolina as being among the most likely to lose jobs.

North Carolina, which relies heavily for manufacturing, shares the No. 4 spot in the report alongside Indiana.

Interestingly, the news comes as jobs site lists nearly 6,000 open manufacturing related jobs in the state where unemployment hovers around 4 percent.

North Carolina’s economy included more than 475,000 manufacturing jobs in May, nearly 10 percent of all jobs in the state, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Oregon and Louisiana are considered the most vulnerable followed by Texas.

Source: Oxford Economics

Source: Oxford Economics

The research firm says its vulnerability index is made up of three equally weighted indicators:

• Local dependence on manufacturing employment—defined as the manufacturing share of total employment in the region.
• Future readiness of local industry—characterized by a region’s current intensity of robot use in manufacturing, controlling for the type of manufacturing activity undertaken, and measured relative to international competitors.
• Productivity of the local manufacturing workforce— measured relative to the national average.

Here are links to two more stories about this report:

Report: Robots will replace 20M manufacturing jobs by 2030; NC will take big hit

Report: How automation, robotics could lead to more income inequality