Delta has nearly 32,000 employees in metro Atlanta, and says the economic impact of its profit-sharing payouts is an estimated $957 million, based on calculations by University of Georgia economist Jeff Humphreys. That includes the income that businesses like retailers and restaurants get from increased spending by Delta employees, and the effects of that income in turn being spent locally, and so on.
The profit sharing to be paid to Delta employees Feb. 14 supports nearly 4,000 jobs outside of Delta, according to Humphreys.
Over the past five years, Delta has paid out nearly $5 billion in profit sharing.
Delta employees are also getting a 6 percent raise in base pay in April.