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The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) released the “Future Work Disruption Index for North Carolina” on Monday, a week before the 31st annual “Future Works” emerging issues forum kicks off in Raleigh on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

The index describes the difficulties the North Carolina workforce faces because of upcoming technology and demographic changes. The “rise of robots” and the aging, growing and gender-diversifying that is taking place currently will affect some areas more than others, according to IEI’s announcement.

The index predicts that over the next few years, many low-wage jobs will be eliminated and automated. According to the index, the counties that face the largest impact are Watuga, Carteret, Dare, Johnston, Buncombe and Catawba, respectively.

The in-depth study from NC State University noted that the least-affected areas will be the Charlotte and Triangle metro areas because they have a wider range of wages, more people at working age and higher education levels.

IEI will address this and other important factors that could change North Carolina’s workforce at this year’s “Future Works” event.

There is still time to register for one-day passes at Raleigh’s Convention Center. This year’s forum will build on last year’s plan to strengthen innovation capacity.

If you can’t make it to this year’s annual event, it will be available and streamed online.