DOT: U.S. passenger airline employment up in November

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The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), recently published the employment data for passenger airlines for November 2015.

The data shows that during November 2015, there were 3.4 percent more people employed at U.S. scheduled passenger airlines compared with November 2014.

This means that November is the 24th month in a row that U.S. scheduled passenger airlines surpassed the full-time equivalent (FTE) employment rates from the year before. November 2015 also registered the highest monthly total that has been recorded since August 2008, at 400,234 workers.

When comparing month-to-month figures, the quantity of employment that qualifies as FTE increased by 0.3 percent between October 2015 and November 2015 -- the fourth month in a row that the following month has increased over the previous one.

For month-to-month figures, the amount of FTEs working at network airlines rose by 0.2 percent between October 2015 and November 2015.

There are currently four network airlines -- Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways -- that hired two-thirds of the FTEs at scheduled passenger airlines, and they reported 3.7 percent more FTEs during November 2015 than they did in November 2014.

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