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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)
DateTimeHeadline
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02/09/201607:40:38Statement of Ownership (sc 13g)
02/02/201608:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports January 2016 Operational Results
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01/28/201619:00:00Alaska Airlines to fly nonstop between Anchorage and Spokane...
01/27/201619:00:00Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta...
01/25/201618:30:00Alaska Airlines Unveils First Major Brand Change in 25 Years
01/25/201613:48:36Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
01/22/201608:00:00Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Employees Receive Nearly Five...
01/21/201611:07:27Amended Current Report Filing (8-k/a)
01/21/201608:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports Record Adjusted Fourth Quarter 2015...
01/21/201608:00:00Alaska Air Group Increases Quarterly Dividend by 38%
01/21/201606:02:25Current Report Filing (8-k)
01/20/201615:15:00Alaska Airlines Names New Managing Director, Station Operations
01/14/201609:00:00Alaska Airlines Names New Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering
01/12/201617:43:00Alaska Airlines Announces 'Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift'
01/08/201612:29:19Initial Statement of Beneficial Ownership (3)
01/08/201608:32:19Current Report Filing (8-k)
01/07/201614:20:00Alaska Airlines Once Again Named North America's Most On-Time...
01/05/201612:29:00Horizon Air Announces Key Leadership Promotions

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