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Employment in US airline industry up 1% in February from January

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Apr 8, 2022

By Chris Wack

U.S. airline industry employment for passenger and cargo airlines combined rose to 739,290 workers in February, up 1% from January, but 2% lower than February 2020 before the pandemic , said the United States Bureau of Transportation Stats.

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 456,000 workers in February, or 62% of the industry total.

Passenger airlines added nearly 6,000 employees in January for a 10th straight month of job growth since May 2021.

US cargo airlines employed 283,000 workers in January, or 38% of the industry total. Freight carriers laid off 52 employees in February. FedEx, the largest air cargo employer, cut employment by 503 jobs.

February’s industrywide figures include 631,000 full-time and 108,000 part-time workers. Full-time employees in February remain 1.7% lower than the 691,000 in February 2020 before the pandemic.

US cargo carriers employed 253,262 full-time employees in January, up 0.19% from December. US cargo airlines have increased their full-time employees by 18,000, or 8%, since pre-pandemic January 2020.

The February 2022 figure is the highest headcount in the industry since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the employment shortfall between February 2022 and February 2020 is the smallest difference in the corresponding employment of the pre-pandemic month since April 2020.

Write to Chris Wack at [email protected]

(END) Dow Jones Newswire

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