US cargo and passenger airlines added 1,036 jobs in November 2022; Employment remains 4.8% higher than before the pandemic November 2019

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Number of US airline employees (full-time and part-time employees)

Employment in the US airline industry (passenger and cargo airlines combined) increased to 784,337 workers in November 2022, 1,036 (0.13%) more workers than in October 2022 (783,301) and 36,194 (4.84%) more than in pre-pandemic November 2019 (748,143).

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 498,910 workers in November, or 64% of the industry total. Passenger airlines added 1,118 employees in November for a nineteenth consecutive month of job growth since May 2021. United led scheduled passenger carriers, adding 1,062 employees; Southwest Airlines added 941; and the American added 256.

U.S. cargo airlines employed 280,642 workers in November, or 36% of the industry total. Freight carriers lost 131 employees in November. FedEx, the largest air cargo employer, cut employment by 233 jobs.

Scheduled passenger airlines add 1,938 full-time equivalents in November to 19e consecutive month of job growth

U.S. airline full-time equivalents (FTEs)

BTS calculates FTEs by dividing the number of part-time employees by 2 and adding that figure to the number of full-time employees. Industry-wide November numbers include 673,228 full-time workers and 111,109 part-time workers for a total of 728,783 FTEs, an increase from October of 1,527 FTEs (0.21%) . November’s total FTE count remains just 5.76% higher than November 2019’s pre-pandemic 689,087 FTE count.

The 26 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reporting data for November 2022 employed 472,861 FTEs, up 1,938 FTEs (0.41%) from October 2022. The total number of scheduled passenger airline FTEs in November is 20,432 FTE (4.52%) compared to November 2019 before the pandemic. by category of passenger carrier can be found in the attached tables.

US cargo airlines employed 251,253 FTEs in November, down 461 FTEs (0.18%) from October. US cargo airlines have increased their FTEs by 18,866 (8.12%) since November 2019 before the pandemic.

Report Notes

Data is compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial air carriers as of January 9, 2023. Other versions and earlier are available on the website of BTS.

Passenger, cargo and charter airlines that operate at least one aircraft with 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 statistics on employment. Regulations require US airlines to report employment figures for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending closest to the 15th day of the month.

See the tables accompanying this release on the BTS website for detailed data since 2015 (Tables 1-15) and industry summary monthly data since 1990. Other individual airline numbers are available on the page BTS Airline Jobs Web. The webpage provides full-time and part-time employment figures by carrier by month from 1990 to November 2022.

Missing operators: 2HQ (Elite), AMQ (Ameristar) and WL (World Atlantic dba Caribbean Sun).

ExpressJet (EV) is in Chapter 11 and ceased operations on August 22. EV filed a P-1(a) report on 9/28/22 for August activity. There are no operations to report for September and beyond.

The next U.S. airline employment update is scheduled for February 7, 2023.

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