Chemical depot closure means job cuts in east Ore.



PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — About 1,000 people will lose their jobs when the Army finishes work at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, and Eastern Oregon is poised to feel the economic fallout.

The East Oregonian reports an Army demilitarization contractor is expected to finish destroying chemical munitions at the depot in November.

After that, security guards, military leaders, clerks and contractors will likely be looking for work.

Oregon State economist Bruce Sorte says the total economic loss will be about $17 million.

Sorte says about 685 jobs will be lost in Umatilla and Morrow counties.


Information from: East Oregonian,