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Transportation Department says U.S. cargo airlines have added jobs as industry employment rebounds

U.S. carriers adding jobs after October low U.S. airlines are adding jobs as industry employment extends a rebound from a low in October, when tens of thousands of airline workers were briefly laid off after federal payroll aid expired.

Cargo airlines have added jobs, while passenger airlines have shed workers, mostly through incentives for workers to quit or take early retirement.

The Transportation Department said Tuesday that 713,949 people held full-time or part-time jobs at airlines in mid-January, up from 694,638 in December and the low of 673,278 in October.

Delta Air Lines has made the sharpest reduction in its workforce, cutting nearly 28,000 jobs, or 30.9 percent, according to figures reported to the Transportation Department.

United Airlines cut more than 15,000 jobs, or 16.7 percent; American Airlines eliminated 8,700 jobs, or 8 percent; and Southwest shed more than 4,600 jobs, or 7.5 percent.

It has been a different story at cargo carriers.

FedEx’s express-delivery division grew by about 24,000 jobs, or 9.8 percent; United Parcel Service added 183 jobs, or 2.9 percent, in its air-shipment business; and smaller cargo carriers such as Atlas Air also added jobs, according to the Transportation Department.

This article originally appeared on Washington Post

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