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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;

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
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09/18/201513:36:00Alaska Airlines Names New Managing Director of Seattle Airport...
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09/16/201509:00:00Alaska Airlines Begins Nonstop Service from Seattle to New York...
09/15/201519:36:14Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
09/14/201506:04:04Current Report Filing (8-k)
09/09/201519:50:04Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
09/09/201509:30:00Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service Between Los Angeles and Baltimore
09/08/201508:00:00Russell Wilson Extends Partnership with Alaska Airlines to Remain...
09/03/201513:10:00Alaska Air Group to Webcast Presentation at the Cowen & Company...
09/02/201513:18:00Alaska Air Group Reports August 2015 Operational Results
08/26/201518:50:01Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)

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