For every 10,000 human workers in the world, there are just 85 robots. Most of the world’s human labor force will never meet a robot at work.
But it all depends where you live. In South Korea, there are 710 robots for every 10,000 workers — eight times the world’s average. Singapore is close with 658 robots per 10,000 workers.
Next up is Germany with 322 robots for every 10,000 workers. This is less than half the robot frequency of Singapore, but Germany leads European nations in robot use.
Japan at 308 robots per 10,000 workers is still an important market for robots, followed by Denmark at 230.
The United States finally shows up behind Denmark, with 200 robots for every 10,000 human workers. This is still more than double the global average, and the highest number in the Americas.
The U.S. is also the fourth largest market for robots. While the ratio of robots to human workers in the U.S. is lover than in many other developed nations, the total number of human workers is so much larger that the United States surpasses Germany as a market for robots. The overall growth in robot use in the U.S. was 6% in the past year.
Robotics and increasing automation in general continues to be the growth driver in the United States.
China is further down the list, but is one of the few countries with a robot density goal. They’ve jumped from 25 robots per 10,000 workers to 97 in just four years, and they plan to be in the top ten for robot density by 2020.
China produces over one third of the world’s robots already.
Sales of robots has doubled in the past five years, according to the International Federation of Robotics.
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