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Airline employment continues to plummet

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.9 percent fewer workers in July 2009 than in July 2008, the 13th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports.

According to the BTS, the July FTE total of 386,900 for the scheduled passenger carriers was 24,300 below July 2008 and the lowest total for any month since 1993.

The seven network airlines employed 260,459 FTEs in July, 67.3 percent of the passenger airline total, while low-cost carriers employed 16.3 percent and regional carriers employed 14.6 percent.

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