when i worked up at redstone ( home of Marshall space flight and ISS controls)
we called it the contractor shuffle
one day a contract would end and another contractor picked up a new one, so jobs were lost and gained in pretty steady numbers all year long.
I changed companies three times in two years......and yes they were listed as losses even though my desk never moved, nor did the work change names, only the company name on my cards
KSC is a bit different, but ....many were retiring at the end of the shuttle program
and contractors move around and many will move over to the Orion projects and some to the other remaining commercial entities that will be providing commercial lifts of men and supplies
i would surmise a very high number will be simply moved to other contractor companies in the area.
i would also stick it on a limb by saying less than 6500 total actually are unemployed from the HUGE space program, in the KSC area.
we as Americans should have made our priorities felt more and the replacement spacecraft and missions beyond low earth orbit would have been further along than they are now.
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