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This research brief describes work documented in Life After Cutbacks: Tracking California's Aerospace Workers (MR-688-OSD).

Excerpt: Contrary to popular belief, workers in California's aerospace industry weathered the defense budget reductions of the late 1980s and early 1990s in no worse shape than their nonaerospace durable manufacturing counterparts in the state. Both sectors experienced sharp business downturns and drops in employment, and workers in both endured this period — one of the most severe recessions in California history — in similar ways.

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