ISSUE BRIEF

Ripple Effect: Impact of Defense Cuts on American Jobs

The failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to find $1.2 trillion in savings in November 2011 could trigger automatic spending cuts in both defense and domestic programs. Defense spending cuts will have an effect on the American economy, particularly in states with high federal, military, defense contractor and sub-contractor populations. Defense workers should prepare for change with flexibility.

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