Litton Industries Inc. confirmed this week that it has cut about 600 jobs, or 10% of its Los Angeles-area work force, over the past year, mainly by eliminating jobs at its Van Nuys and Woodland Hills facilities.
Meanwhile, the Rocketdyne division of Rockwell International also confirmed that it has laid off 161 hourly workers at its Canoga Park plant since June, mainly because of spending cutbacks on a proposed space station and certain other space projects.
But Rocketdyne said it also has hired 736 people this year for other programs in which spending has been maintained or raised. The company employs 8,900 people in Canoga Park.
At Litton's Woodland Hills plant, which makes guidance and control systems for military aircraft and missiles, Litton has pared about 400 positions, in part by laying off 100 workers, spokesman Robert S. Knapp said. In Van Nuys, where Litton makes military electronic systems, the company has cut about 150 jobs, including 90 through layoffs, he said.
Litton, based in Beverly Hills, joined a long list of military contractors that have slashed employment in the face of slowing defense spending. The company now employs about 5,400 workers in the Los Angeles area, with no additional reductions planned, Knapp said.