What politicians aren’t saying about declining manufacturing jobs

Jobs are a major platform plank for both political parties this election, but neither side has addressed how automation has and will eliminate working-class jobs, observers have noted. “Job losses due to automation and robotics are often overlooked in discussions about the unexpected rise of outside political candidates like (Donald) Trump and Bernie Sanders,” Moshe Vardi, an artificial-intelligence expert at Rice University, noted in a press release before the parties’ conventions. Manufacturing in the U.S. has already been hit by the effects of automation, with its output at an “all-time high” even as its employment has been falling for longer than 30 years, Vardi stated. And automation leads not just to job loss but widens class differences as well, Vardi stated. There’s evidence the declining middle class is tied to…

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