U.S. passenger airline employment was down 2.6 percent in July, as airlines employed 10,216 fewer workers than they did during the same period a year ago, according to new data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
According to BTS, the decline could be driven by two factors; American Airlines, the third largest employer in the industry, filed for bankruptcy in November 2011 and reduced full-time employees by 8 percent year-to-year, secondly, network carriers have reduced their number of employees at subsidiary regional carriers because of increased fuel costs associated with the less fuel-efficient regional aircraft that they operate.
Between July 2009 and July 2013, American reported the biggest percentage decline among all major carriers, according to BTS.
Despite the decline, three low cost carriers--Spirit Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Allegiant Airlines--all reported an increase in full time employees for July 2013 compared to July 2012.
Among network airlines, United had the most workers as of July with a total of 82.499 full time employees.
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