United Space Alliance's total employment dipped below 3,000 today as the company laid off another 54 workers, including 43 based at Kennedy Space Center.
The workforce for NASA's lead space shuttle contractor is down more than 70 percent from its peak of 10,500 in January 2005.
The biggest reductions came before and after the last shuttle mission landed in July.
Houston-based USA said ongoing layoffs were necessary to align the workforce with the scope of the company's current contract work and budget.
Each employee received 60 days notice and were eligible for a severance of four to 26 weeks of pay, based on years of service, plus a bonus for those deemed to have critical skills. The company has also provided career transition training.
After the layoffs, USA now has 2,980 employees across the country as follows:
-- Florida: 1,532
-- Texas: 1,408
-- Alabama: 40