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Oshkosh Corp. employees facing layoffs have hope

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The Fox Valley's economic rebound after downturns in the past gives 700 employees at Oshkosh Corp. who face layoffs this summer hope that they will be able to find work.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports Monday that the local economy was resilient following more than 1,100 layoffs at the defense contractor last year. And several programs are in place to help employees looking for work.

Last year, a job fair helped more than 500 laid off Oshkosh Corp. workers find new jobs, with companies having more slots to fill than applicants.

A job service offered through Wisconsin's technical colleges reports that even now, 19 companies in the region have 121 welding and metal fabrication job openings.

This summer's layoffs are driven by declining orders for the company's military transport trucks.
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