Major Wichita employers announced more layoffs this week. Raytheon has plans to cut 600 positions. Wesley hospital is eliminating the equivalent of 100 positions and some say Via Christi may also be forced to make cuts.
Rick Warner was recently laid off from Plastic Fabricating Company where he was an executive. He's been working in the aerospace and defense industry for thirty years and says this is the longest he has ever been without a job. He was forced to sell his house and is now living in an apartment with his wife, three kids and a grandchild on the way.
Wichita State economist Janet Harrah says Warner's situation is not unusual. She says out of work aircraft manufacturers are looking at another eighteen months before rehiring resumes.
The outlook is a little better for healthcare workers. Harrah says there are healthcare opportunities to be found, but many are not hospital based and they may be located outside of Wichita.
Moving is an option for Warner, but he wants to stay in Wichita so he's decided to wait it out.