Scott Air Force Base will be eliminating hundreds of jobs. The cuts are in response to the U.S. Air Force's restructuring plan affecting bases across the country. Base spokeswoman Karen Petitt said in a statement that 321 Air Force civilian permanent positions will be cut.

When you examine the numbers, 122 positions among the 321 are already vacant due to a hiring freeze and 49 employees have agreed to either retire or leave their posts by year's end. Fourty other workers whose positions are being cut will still have a position because they are being shifted to other jobs. The news comes on the heels of a positive report regarding Scott's multi-billion dollar impact on the entire region. Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Executive Director Patrick McKeehan says Scott has survived job shifts and downsizing in the past:

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The cuts represent about 6-percent of the more than 5-thousand civilian base employees.

(WBGZ-ME/Metro News)