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Iowa ranks as the least likely US state to use AI for work task

Georgia uses AI the most to help with job searches

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The AI market size is projected to hit $305.90bn this year.
New York is the second state to use AI the most.
Some still hesitant to fully embrace the technological development.

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A new study has revealed which state is the least and most reliant on AI in the workplace.

The data, collated by AI productivity platform Plus Docs, analysed Google searches over the last 12 months related to using AI for work tasks; 20 terms, including ones such as ‘AI email writer’ and ‘AI meeting notes,’ were used to identify which states use it the most and least.

The AI market size is projected to hit $305.90bn this year – with the largest market size expected to be in the US. Employees in Iowa are the least dependent upon AI to help with work tasks, with the lowest average monthly searches of 27.2 per 100,000 residents – 29% below the national average of 38.1 searches per 100,000 people. The next state is Wisconsin, with only 27.9 searches per 100,000 people, 27% less than the US average. Mississippi ranks third at 28.1 searches per 100,000 residents – 26% below the national average.  The trades, transportation and utilities industries are the main sectors in Iowa (20%), Wisconsin (18%) and Mississippi (21%).

Rounding out the bottom five states are Alabama with 28.6 monthly searches per 100,000 people, and Arkansas with 29.4 average monthly searches per 100,000 people. At the other end of the scale, those in Georgia who use AI to make their lives easier at work. The state averaged the most monthly searches per 100,000 residents at 52.1, 37% higher than the national average.

The most popular terms residents searched for were ‘AI writer,’ ‘AI writer free’ and ‘free AI writer.’

New York is the second state to use AI the most, with 52.0 searches per 100,000 residents – 36% higher than the US average.

Education and health services are the top industries (23%) in New York, which could explain why the state searches more than the average. This is followed by California with 50.2 searches per 100,000 people – 32% higher than the national average search rate. Maryland and Virginia are close behind with 49.6 searches per 100,000 residents and 49.4 monthly searches per 100,000 people.

Daniel Li, CEO and co-founder of Plus Docs said: “It’s interesting to see which states workers are utilising AI the most, with Georgia embracing the technology far more than anywhere else in the US. This perhaps reflects how comfortable both companies and people are in embracing the new technology to help with daily tasks, with some still hesitant to fully embrace the technological development. With AI able to help with inspiration, especially with writing-based work, it can massively improve employee productivity by freeing up more of their time.”

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