Robots could take over many Las Vegas jobs
October 09, 2018 9:01 AM
by Robert Mann
By 2035, more than 65 percent of Las Vegas service employees could lose their jobs to robots, according to a recent study by the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA), a think tank associated with the University of the Redlands in California.
The study forecasts that Las Vegas will be the hardest hit metropolitan area in the country, with two out of three employees potentially losing their jobs to automation.
“The replacement of jobs by machines has been happening continuously since the Industrial Revolution, but it’s expected to significantly accelerate in the coming 10 or 20 years,” according to Professor Johannes Moenius, founding director of ISEA. “Pretty much everyone will be affected, but some metropolitan areas will see a lot more jobs vanish than others.”
Southern Nevada’s Culinary Union has, in new, recently negotiated contracts with major employers, has achieved some protections against robots taking over jobs, but industry observers note that less staffing because of robotics may be inevitable.