Study: Robots Responsible For “Rust Belt” Unemployment, Not Illegal Immigrants

MIT and Boston University researchers have found that industrial automation is strongly correlated with unemployment and economic inequality in the manufacturing centers of the United States, taking more jobs away than immigrants or increased foreign imports.

Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, stands near new high-performance industrial robots at the company's Atlanta facility. (AP/David Goldman)

MINNEAPOLIS-- While the media and numerous politicians have often blamed Midwestern unemployment on illegal immigration, a new study asserts that the advent of factory robots is the most significant factor in the steep reduction of available jobs in what was once the U.S.’ industrial heartland. The study, conducted by researchers from MIT and

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