AI Job Threat Peaks in Washington, D.C.: Study Reveals Unprecedented Risk

The relentless progress of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked concerns about job displacement across various sectors. A recent analysis, focusing on the vulnerability of U.S. states and territories to AI-related job losses, pinpointed Washington, D.C. as the epicenter of this imminent threat.

Most Vulnerable States by Numbers:

The study, conducted by job search engine Salarship, ranked states by both the absolute number and percentage of jobs at risk. In absolute terms, highly populated states led the pack, with California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois facing the most significant job losses.

Highest Percentage Threat in the District of Columbia:

Surprisingly, the District of Columbia emerged as the most susceptible region, with a staggering 32.56% of jobs under the AI threat. Salarship CEO Nathan Brunner attributed this vulnerability to D.C.’s bureaucratic nature, stating, “With more than 60,000 office and administrative employees, D.C. is the most bureaucratic state in the United States. These occupations are by far the most vulnerable to AI.”

Puerto Rico, Florida, Delaware, and Arizona:

Following closely, Puerto Rico claimed the second spot with 32.18% of jobs at risk, primarily due to its reliance on sales-related positions, which AI could potentially replace. Florida secured the third position, driven by its service-oriented economy susceptible to automation. Delaware, known for its financial appeal to companies, faces a 31.76% job loss risk, particularly in financial operations. Arizona rounded off the top five, at 31.64%, with easily replaceable occupations in legal, financial, and administrative sectors under AI threat.


As AI continues to advance, its impact on employment is becoming more evident. The study serves as a crucial insight into the specific regions and sectors that face the highest risk, prompting a closer examination of workforce strategies and the evolving role of technology in the job market.

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