Mid-November U.S. Airline Employment Up 5,000 from Mid-October

U.S. airlines employed 678,287 workers in the middle of November 2020, 5,000 more than in mid-October 2020 but almost 77,000 fewer than in March 2020. The November numbers consist of 565,281 full-time and 113,006 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):

November 2019                      751,146                      

October 2020                          673,278

November 2020                      678,287

Major Airlines’ Total Employees, March 2020 and November 2020

Includes Full-time and Part-time Employees

  Mar-20 Nov-20

Change in

Employees

Percent

Change

Alaska

17,912

16,696

-1,216

-6.8

Allegiant

4,487

4,174

-313

-7.0

American

109,108

90,374

-18,734

-17.2

Atlas

3,121

3,455

334

10.7

Delta

89,980

62,278

-27,702

-30.8

Envoy

16,781

14,633

-2,148

-12.8

Federal Express

245,010

266,766

21,756

8.9

Frontier

5,181

5,021

-160

-3.1

Hawaiian

7,492

5,043

-2,449

-32.7

JetBlue

21,546

19,114

-2,432

-11.3

Kalitta

2,013

2,192

179

8.9

Polar Air Cargo

226

233

7

3.1

Republic

6,519

5,789

-730

-11.2

SkyWest

20,544

19,194

-1,350

-6.6

Southwest

62,081

57,954

-4,127

-6.6

Spirit

9,213

8,911

-302

-3.3

United

91,563

62,282

-29,281

-32.0

United Parcel Service

6,279

6,464

185

2.9

Major Airline Total 719,056 650,573 -68,483 -9.5

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 November 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.