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Mid-June Airline Employment Up 2,000 from Mid-May

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020

U.S. airlines employed 699,683 workers in the middle of June 2020, 2,446 more than in mid-May 2020 and 53,602 fewer than in March 2020. The June 2020 numbers consist of 508,688 full-time and 111,075 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.

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

June 2019                                744,817          
May 2020                                 697,237          
June 2020                                699,683

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 June 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.

The next web update for full-time and part-time employment is scheduled for Sept. 3. The BTS press release on full-time equivalent employment for scheduled passenger airlines through June, with historic comparisons and summary tables, will be issued Aug. 19.


Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2020