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Defense Employment Down 1 Million Since 1985: The General Accounting Office said defense employment, from its zenith of more than 6.4 million uniformed, civilian and contractor workers in 1985, will drop to about 5.5 million by next year. In 1985, the Pentagon had 2.2 million men and women in uniform and employed 1.1 million civilian workers, the GAO said, citing Defense Department figures. Defense-related employment in private industry totaled 3.1 million that year, the agency said. Using projected spending figures for fiscal 1993, which begins Oct. 1, the GAO said the Pentagon will have 1.8 million personnel in uniform and 958,000 civilian workers. The GAO said its figures do not include employment by defense subcontractors.

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