Kennedy Space Center to shed nearly 2,000 Florida workers after Atlantis flight

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NASA? prime contractor for the space shuttle on Friday released estimates on how many of its workers will lose their jobs once NASA flies its final shuttle mission this summer and the cuts ?while not unexpected ?certainly are not pretty for employees in Florida, Texas and Alabama.

Of the 5,600 remaining employees atUnited Space Alliance, roughly half ?or as many as 2,800 ?will get a pink slip following the planned June 28 launch of Atlantis. The cuts add to the nearly 2,900 USA workers who have lost their jobs to date as NASA winds down the 30-year shuttle program.

Roughly 2,000 of those so far have come from Florida over five layoffs since October 2009.

In Florida, the latest round will mean an additional 1,850 to 1,950 employees will be let go, leaving the KSC area with roughly 1,400 employees, who will decommission the shuttles, help build a new NASA crew capsule or work on a variety of smaller contracts, said USA spokeswoman Tracy Yates.


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