The report from the Aerospace Industries Association, whose membership includes defense-contracting powerhouses, predicted that about 18,800 of the jobs would be lost as a result of defense cuts and 31,400 would ripple out from other agencies' reductions.
The forecast comes two months after the group predicted that sequestration would eliminate about 115,000 jobs of all sorts in Maryland next fiscal year, also one of the largest reductions in the country. The state is awash in businesses that sell products and services to the federal government, as well as companies that benefit from spending by federal workers and contractors.
The reports are part of defense contractors' effort to get Congress to squelch sequestration. The study is featured on the industry's secondtonone.org site, which urges leaders to "Stop The Clock" counting down to Jan. 2.