Layoffs Spur Local Leaders To Find Solutions

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The layoffs may have a ripple effect, but local economy experts are keeping a positive attitude as this news hits.

To put the layoffs in perspective, there were 40,000 people working in the aircraft industry in Wichita in 2008. The remaining 300,000 of those employed in Wichita work in other industries.

Less than 12% of Wichita's workers were employed in aviation.

The Wichita Chamber of Commerce is working with local business leaders and Wichita State University to come up with solutions and help for those who are losing their jobs.

"We're going to have to find ways to keep them in our community and gain employment and contribute to our general economy," said President of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Bryan Derreberry.

The City and The United Way are working together to set up a help center like they did in 2001 to get unemployed workers back on track.

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