March 24, 2015

Do The Math

The democrats seek political advantage by allowing millions of illegals to swarm into the US while preaching that they do the jobs that Americans refuse to do.

At the same time, manufacturing jobs are disappearing across the country.
[...]"Advanced robotics are changing the calculus of manufacturing," says Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at the management consulting firm.

A handful of nations, including the U.S. and China, are poised to reap the biggest benefits of the automation wave.

About 1.2 million additional advanced robots are expected to be deployed in the U.S. by 2025, BCG says. Four industries will lead the shift — computer and electronics products; electrical equipment and appliances; transportation; and machinery — largely because more of their tasks can be automated and they deliver the biggest cost savings.

About 10% of all manufacturing functions are automated, a share that will rise to nearly 25% in a decade as robotic vision sensors and gripping systems improve, BCG says.

Meanwhile, costs are tumbling. The cost to purchase and start up an advanced robotic spot welder has plunged from $182,000 in 2005 to $133,000 in 2014, with the price forecast to drop another 22% by 2025.

That's prodding manufacturers to replace workers. BCG says manufacturers tend to ratchet up their robotics investment when they realize at least a 15% cost savings compared with employing a worker. In electronics manufacturing, it already costs just $4 an hour to use a robot for a routine assembly task vs. $24 for an average worker.
So what happens when the jobs that Americans refuse to do disappear? How many bean pickers do we need? How many people on economic support programs can this country maintain before it all falls apart? 


Fredd said...

I used to pick beans as a teenager. Then my job was taken by illegals who worked harder. Not cheaper, we all got 2 cents a pound picked. Teenagers just didn't pick beans as fast as motivated illegals. And the bean farmer liked that.

It wasn't that I wouldn't pick beans.

WoFat said...

Sounds right.

sig94 said...

My MIL picked beans back in the 1930's and was glad to earn a little for her family. The Depression made bean pickers out of a lot of people.