Ohio's military facilities will show a net gain of 2 percent in jobs during the next two years despite the Air Force's system-wide reduction of civilian employment, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
Led by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which expects a net gain of 363 positions in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the state ranked second in the nation in the overall number of jobs it will gain, Brown spokeswoman Lauren Kulik said Thursday.
She based that on information the Air Force shared Wednesday with members of Congress as it unveiled a plan to eliminate thousands of civilian jobs nationwide to cut expenses. The plan focuses on reducing management layers and centralizing program administration.
The Air Force declined on Thursday to provide any details about the expected losses or gains at military facilities in other states. It told Brown's office that Wright-Patterson will gain 364 positions against a current Air Force civilian work force of 12,728 at the base, while an Air Force legal operations field office in Kettering will lose a claims agent position out of current civilian employment there of 28.
Whether bases and states will gain or lose personnel depends on whether they host programs with skill mixes that match the Air Force's long-term priorities.
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