High tech cuts into jobs, unemployment up

Visitors watch a robot fry eggs during a demonstration in Nonthaburi province early this year. The NESDB reports that new technology is replacing many jobs, leading to higher unemployment. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

The number of jobless people rose in the third quarter of this year as businesses increasingly replaced workers with high technology, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).

NESDB secretary-general Porametee Vimolsiri said on Thursday that overall employment fell by 1.6%. In the agricultural sector, employment declined 1.2% due to flooding in July and August.  

In the non-farming sector, the number of jobs was down 1.8%, with workers in the production, construction, wholesale, hotel and restaurant sectors most affected.

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