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AS SHUTTLE ERA ENDS, THE FALLOUT: 1,942 JOBS

Friday the 13th hit hard for 1,942 workers in the Titusville area.

That's how many employees were affected by the latest round of layoffs announced by United Space Alliance LLC, an organization that partners with NASA to run the space shuttle operation.

It was the second-largest mass layoff notice filed with the state since the beginning of the recession, exceeded only by Albertsons' layoff of 5,131 people in 2008 when the grocer sold half its stores in Florida to Publix Super Markets.

According to the layoff notice filed Friday, the job cuts would occur between now and July 22. Affected positions are in administrative and support plus waste management and remediation services, the filing said.

The cuts weren't a surprise - the alliance has been cutting hundreds of jobs as the space shuttle program winds down. In fact, United Space Alliance has accounted for some of the biggest mass layoffs over the past year. It gave 549 workers a pink slip in February on top of 53 layoffs announced in November.

Eventually, most of the 9,000 workers connected to the Space Coast will need to find new jobs.

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