Contractors at SRS cut 1,550 jobs over 2 years

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Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy at Savannah River Site have cut nearly 1,550 jobs over two years.

The Aiken Standard reports Sunday that about 11,100 people worked for contractors at the site last December. Workforce reports show that's down from 12,630 two years earlier.

Spokesman Bill Taylor says the federal stimulus created a lot of jobs starting in 2010, but that money is gone.

The site has five major contractors. Two of the five posted some growth.

The contractor that manages the site took the biggest hit. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions lost nearly 1,600 workers over the two years.

The 310-square-mile site once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up contaminated areas.

(The Associated Press. 2013.)

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