The Impact Of Automation And Millennial Unemployment

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Automation and Millennial Unemployment Since the industrial revolution, automation in workplaces has steadily increased. However, with a sudden boom of technological advances, people have created machines that can perform tasks more efficiently - and arguably better - than humans. Because millennials, defined by the United States Census Bureau as the generation born between 1982 and 2000 (United States Census Bureau, 2017), either just entered into the workforce or will first be entering the workforce in the next couple years, they seem the most vulnerable to automation taking over their jobs. Mark Zuckerberg, entrepreneur and founder of Facebook, said “[the millennial] generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks” (Zuckerberg, 2017). Danielle Paquette, journalist for the Washington Post, believes that no single job is safe from automation; “every job has some component a robot could theoretically handle” (Paquette 2017). Both of the previous statements create a question about how automation will affect the un- and underemployment of the millennial generation. The risk of either un- or underemployment for millennials depends largely on the type of job, as well as each a person’s degrees and other qualifications. By delving into the problem of automation in workplaces, maybe people can find a way to make the benefits of automation outweigh the consequences. In order to for people to understand why millennials are especially vulnerable in regards to workplace automation, they must understand what “millennial” means. While the United States Census Bureau does provide the ages that represent millennials (United States Census Bureau), people typically tend to consider those who are currently between about twenty and thirty years of age as millennials. People in their twenties are either still in school, or just leaving universities, graduate schools, or any other type of professional training, and need to start looking for jobs that can lead to potential careers.
A large amount of unemployed Americans includes millennials, forty percent specifically (Goodman, 2015). Considering that the workforce consists of people roughly between the ages of

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