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Employment Up Slightly At U.S. Airlines

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American Airlines unveils a new company logo and exterior paint scheme on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on January 17, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

American Airlines unveils a new company logo and exterior paint scheme on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on January 17, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. airline industry is slowly adding jobs — although not all carriers are growing.

The Transportation Department said Thursday that passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 383,610 full-time workers in March, up nearly 1 percent from a year earlier. It’s the fourth straight monthly gain.

United Airlines had the most workers, 80,694, but that’s down 2.1 percent.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and its AirTran Airways subsidiary shrank by 1.4 percent.

Delta Air Lines added the most jobs, followed by US Airways, Fort Worth-based American Airlines and JetBlue.

Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air grew fastest in percentage terms, both posting double-digit gains.

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