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Posted on May 14, 2019 :: By the Numbers
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Replaced by robots?

The data analytics website SmartAsset predicts 1.52 million jobs in Wisconsin will likely become automated within the next two decades. While that number sounds high, California ranks No. 1, with 8.6 million jobs expected to be lost to automation.

But while more jobs are being automated, employers are not looking to trim their workforce. A recent ManpowerGroup study
found that
91 percent of 1,500 U.S. employers surveyed expect to maintain or increase their overall headcount.

Getting clean

More than 76,000 Wisconsin residents are employed in clean energy jobs, according to the Clean Energy Trust.

The industry continues to grow, with 1,786 new jobs created in 2018. Clean energy firms employ 67,198 more workers than fossil fuel companies.

Wisconsin’s clean energy jobs now make up 2.5 percent of all jobs in the state, with employers expecting an 8.4 percent increase in jobs for 2019.

Growth factor

Wisconsin’s real gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent in 2018 — the state’s strongest year of economic growth since 2010. Wisconsin outpaced growth in Minnesota, 2.2 percent; Iowa, 1.4 percent; Illinois, 2.1 percent; and Indiana, 1.9 percent. Michigan was the top state for growth last year, coming in at 2.7 percent.

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the number of employees hired by Foxconn in 2018. The company did not meet the required threshold of hiring 260 workers to receive tax credits.