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JPL announces about 200 layoffs

February 25, 2011 |  7:57 am

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e5f756805970c-800wi NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory plans to layoff about 200 employees amid federal cutbacks.

Layoff notices started going out two weeks ago and will continue through the end of March, said JPL spokeswoman Veronica McGregor. The layoffs could leave as many as 200 scientists or engineers and dozens of other workers out of a job.

The workers most likely to be affected are those associated with scientific projects that have been delayed due to budget concerns, and those who are part of missions nearing their end and no longer needing staff levels as large as previous years, McGregor said.

“Undoubtedly this will negatively impact some of our residents,” said La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Donald Voss. With about 5,200 employees, JPL is the city's largest employer.“And while JPL doesn’t generate sales taxes, it does have an impact on the number of people eating lunch and shopping in La Cañada.”

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Photo: File photo of workers at JPL. Credit: Los Angeles Times