WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) (shown right)
and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would better assess the impacts of automation on workers in order to inform workforce development strategies and best practices. The
Workforce Data for Analyzing and Tracking Automation Act
would authorize the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — with the assistance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine — to record the effect of automation on the workforce and measure those trends over time, including job displacement, the number of new jobs created, and the shifting of in-demand skills. It also would establish a workforce development advisory board comprised of key business and labor leaders to advise the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on which types of public and private sector initiatives can promote consistent workforce development improvements. According to a recent study, one-third of American workers will need to gain new skills and possibly transition careers by 2030, depending on how quickly certain new technologies are adopted.