Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: 5 ways to invest in the robot revolution

Donald Trump voters have found comfort in his promises about more U.S. manufacturing jobs and threats to get tough on trade.

But 87% of U.S. manufacturing jobs lost between 2000 and 2010 were from factories becoming more efficient through automation, according to a recent study by two Ball State University professors. That leaves just 13% lost to overseas competition.

Some analysts have predicted that protectionist policies under the Trump administration may actually increase job losses. After all, when domestic companies are forced to manufacture more in America but automation can keep costs down, the net result is more capital investment but fewer employees.

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