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US Airlines Work Force Rose 2% In April - DOT

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES U.S. airlines' work force on a full-time equivalent basis increased 2% in April compared with a year earlier, the largest monthly increase so far in a year of tepid employment growth, according to the data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Airlines are enjoying a rebound in demand, but hiring had only increased slightly over the past four months as carriers cautiously added workers. Declines in air travel during the economic downturn took a heavy toll, forcing airlines to take steps to control costs, including layoffs. Total full-time equivalent employees reached 383,698 in April, up slightly from March's 382,796, according to the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Full-time equivalent calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee. Network carriers' work force grew 1.8% as Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) reported the largest increase with 4.5% more equivalent workers. Alaska Air Group's (ALK) Alaska Airlines posted the largest decline, a 3% drop in employment. Discount carrier Virgin America's work force rose 21% on the year, while Spirit Airlines Inc.'s (SAVE) namesake carrier posted a 17% jump. Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) had 3.1% more employees, while JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) and AirTran Holdings Inc. (AAI) saw their work rolls rise 4.9% and 3.7% respectively. The overall work force of discount carriers was up 4% on the year. Regional airlines employed 2.1% more workers. -By Drew FitzGerald, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2909; Andrew.FitzGerald@dowjones.com

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
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03/28/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines names 29-year industry veteran new vice president...
03/24/201712:18:49Additional Proxy Soliciting Materials (definitive) (defa14a)
03/24/201712:12:21Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)
03/22/201719:43:00Alaska Airlines and Virgin America share vision for the future
03/21/201718:22:14Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/21/201714:29:00Alaska Air Group to hold investor day on March 29
03/15/201712:46:00Alaska Airlines' California growth continues, adding six new...
03/15/201707:30:00Alaska Airlines' California growth continues, adding six new...
03/14/201712:20:00Alaska Airlines inaugurates new flights from San Jose, California...
03/13/201706:02:21Current Report Filing (8-k)
03/10/201708:00:00Alaska Air Group reports February 2017 operational results
03/09/201717:08:47Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/09/201717:08:47Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/09/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines announces 13 new nonstop routes from the Bay...
03/06/201717:31:33Proxy Statement - Notice of Shareholders Meeting (preliminary...
03/03/201718:08:32Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/02/201717:59:00Alaska Airlines awarded slots to serve Mexico City from San Francisco...
02/28/201706:05:03Annual Report (10-k)
02/23/201717:06:46Amended Current Report Filing (8-k/a)
02/22/201714:06:00Alaska Airlines and UNCF partner to expand college access nationwide

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