As reported by NASA Watch, NASA-Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will loose 6,400 jobs between this year and continuing through 2011, with 4,800 of those jobs going in 2011. This will drop KSC’s employment from 8,000 to somewhere in the area of 1,800 to 2,000. This is an 80% job loss.
It isn’t as though the KSC area is bubbling with a large population, so what job losses like these mean is real devastation to the Titusville-Cocoa area economy. And it gets even worse when one considers that Florida has been hit especially hard by falling housing prices. So, not only are aerospace workers going to loose their jobs, but if they try to move they will also face difficulty in selling their homes for a reasonable price.
Also, one needs to note that if Senator Obama becomes President Obama, he has promised to essentially cancel Constellation and not provide funding to get Orion operational sooner than 2015 that most experts say it will likely fly. This will have the effect of keeping KSC’s force small and will therefore prolong the economic downturn that will accompany the drastic job cuts coming to the Titusville-Cocoa Beach area.
If you support Obama for President and you support a strong manned Space program, then you have an tough choice to make.