WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The aviation manufacturing industry in Kansas has been hit by the recession. But so far, employment in the industry hasn't fallen to the levels it reached after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Overall, aviation manufacturing employment is down about 20 percent since November 2008. In 2001, aviation employment dropped 35 percent over the next three years.
Whether current employment will slip that much is uncertain, mostly because the downturn is still in its early stages.
The aviation industry is crucial in Wichita, where it employs one out of eight people. A downturn in aviation ripples out into the community affecting aircraft suppliers as well as stores and restaurants.
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