Mid-October U.S. Airline Employment Down 29,000 from Mid-September

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U.S. Airline Employment Trends

U.S. airlines employed 673,278 workers in the middle of October 2020, 28,790 fewer than in mid-September 2020 and 81,749 fewer than in March 2020. The October numbers consist of 562,570 full-time and 110,708 part-time workers.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics;

U.S. airlines employed 673,278 workers in the middle of October 2020, 28,790 fewer than in mid-September 2020 and 81,749 fewer than in March 2020. The October numbers consist of 562,570 full-time and 110,708 part-time workers.

Regulations require airlines to report employment numbers to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending nearest the 15th day of the month. Numbers include all paid employees but do not include employees not being paid.

Airlines receiving funds under CARES Act, implemented in April, were required to refrain from imposing involuntary furloughs on US-based employees or reducing employee pay or benefits through Sept. 30. 

Total employment (full-time + part-time) by U.S. airlines (passenger + cargo carriers):

October 2019                          749,382                      

September 2020                      702,068

October 2020                          673,278

Major Airlines' Total Employees, March 2020 and October 2020

Includes Full-time and Part-time Employees

 

Mar-20

Oct-20

Change in

Employees

Percent

Change

Alaska

17,912

16,647

-1,265

-7.1

Allegiant

4,487

4,152

-335

-7.5

American

109,108

90,846

-18,262

-16.7

Atlas

3,121

3,434

313

10.0

Delta

89,980

61,229

-28,751

-32.0

Envoy

16,781

14,928

-1,853

-11.0

Federal Express

7,492

260,306

15,296

6.2

Frontier

5,181

5,019

-162

-3.1

Hawaiian

7,492

6,520

-972

-13.0

JetBlue

21,546

19,248

-2,298

-10.7

Kalitta

2,013

2,143

130

6.5

Polar Air Cargo

226

230

4

1.8

Republic

6,519

5,817

-702

-10.8

SkyWest

20,544

19,325

-1,219

-5.9

Southwest

62,081

58,134

-3,947

-6.4

Spirit

9,213

8,929

-284

-3.1

United

91,563

62,320

-29,243

-31.9

United Parcel Service 6,279 6,426 147 2.3
Major Airline Total 719,056 645,653 -73,403 -10.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Airline Employment Data (P1a)

Major Carrier: Over $1 billion annual operating revenue

Additional individual airline numbers are available on the BTS airline employment web page. The web page provides full-time and part-time employment numbers by carrier by month from 1990 through October 2020.

Reports are from all U.S. airlines including scheduled passenger, charter and cargo that meet the reporting standard. Airlines that operate at least one aircraft that has more than 60 seats or the capacity to carry a payload of passengers, cargo and fuel weighing more than 18,000 pounds must report monthly employment statistics.

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