Aug 2, 2023 - News

San Antonio's workforce threatened by AI

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San Antonio is among the top 25 metro areas where artificial intelligence threatens the workforce, per a new analysis from research firm Chamber of Commerce.

Driving the news: At 14.29%, San Antonio ranked sixth out of the top 50 metro areas with the most at-risk jobs, according to the group, which used U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data to analyze employment numbers within the 50 most-populated metro areas.

Why it matters: AI software and large language models — including ChatGPT — may soon be able to do all manner of jobs, raising concerns that a number of industries could replace workers with the technology.

  • Administrative roles like recordkeeping and cashiers, accounting, bookkeeping, factory and traditional security roles face the largest potential job losses due to AI, according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum.

By the numbers: Nearly 1 million workers are employed in the city, and about 150,000 of those jobs are at risk.

  • San Antonio ranked higher than other major Texas cities.

Yes, but: The latest tech boom has produced new jobs for the state, with AI job postings highly concentrated in just 15 metro areas, per a new Brookings Institution report.

  • The 43 U.S. members of the Forbes AI 50 list, a showcase of promising AI companies, come from just four states — California, New York, Texas and Massachusetts, as well as one company operating fully remotely.
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