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From bombers to drones: 7 ways aerospace is changing in Southern California

Outside Boeing's C-17 plant in Long Beach
Outside Boeing's C-17 plant in Long Beach
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For decades, Southern California's aerospace industry was a key driver of the regional economy, providing steady, well-paying jobs to middle class workers. Employment has fallen sharply since the 80s, but the positions that remain are well-paying, and there's been a shift from defense projects to commercial ones, according to a 60-page report released Tuesday by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Here are some of the key findings:

Note: LAEDC's study was funded by Bank of America, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, Northrop Grumman Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.