Fewer airline jobs: U.S. carriers trim ranks by 2.4 percent

Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that airlines employed the equivalent of 381,441 workers in June, down 2.4 percent from the same month last year. It's the 10th straight month of declines.

The DOT says American is cutting jobs by 8.4 percent compared with a year ago as it goes through bankruptcy. It's trying to merge with US Airways.

Regional airlines have cut jobs by 4.4 percent from last year. The department says that's because the big airlines have responded to higher fuel costs by cutting regional flights that use less-efficient small planes.

To calculate airline employment, the Transportation Department counts two part-time jobs as one full-time position.