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U.S. Aerospace Industry Adds Jobs

By John S. McClenahen Even with continued consolidation, the U.S. aerospace industry added 7,500 jobs during the third quarter of this year, bringing total employment to 587,600, says the Arlington, Va.-based Aerospace Industries Association. The third-quarter increase came on top of an 8,500-job increase in this year's second quarter. The upward trend in employment is expected to continue, says the association. Aerospace employment hit a 50-year low of 568,700 in February 2004.

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