Space Coast Job Losses Could Reach 7K

Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle

Recession casts doubt over KSC job loss
Florida Today

The retirement of NASA’s shuttles could prompt thousands more job losses than once expected because of a national recession and concerns about ongoing changes to the new moon program.

An unreleased local government study is expected to estimate a net loss of as many as 6,000 to 7,000 jobs after 2010 at Kennedy Space Center, said Lisa Rice, president of the Brevard Workforce Development Board Inc.

Two earlier versions of the same study, completed in 2007 and 2008, indicated that the area would lose about 3,500 space jobs in the transition from the shuttle to a replacement fleet of rockets and spaceships.

NASA’s latest public estimate placed job losses between 3,000 and 4,000.

The local work force agency’s studies are based in part on data provided by NASA and its contractors, as well as independent economic analyzes.

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