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Hiring, Layoffs Remaking A&D Workforce
North Charleston, S.C., is 400 mi. from Cape Canaveral, but as far as aerospace workers are concerned the two places are a world apart. At the Cape, NASA's space shuttle program dropped 3,200 contract workers the day after the final mission ended. Many of these are engineers who have little hope of finding similar work in Florida. The picture couldn't be more different in North Charleston, where Boeing has hired 4,000 workers for an assembly line that opened last month for its 787 jet. Suppliers feeding the new plant are expected to hire hundreds more.