Class I RR Employment Fell in July 2016

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that Class I railroads employed 152,718 people as of mid-July, which was down 10.71 percent from 2015. However, it is a 0.19 percent increase over June 2016.

STBTransportation (train and engine) was the only employment category out of six to show an increase when compared with mid-June’s employment figures. The workforce in that category rose 1.30 percent to 58,934.

Categories declining compared with mid-June were executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.11 percent to 9,276 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.8 percent to 13,695; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.22 percent to 36,201; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.82 percent to 28,496; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.44 percent to 6,116.

In comparing 2016 figures with those of July 2015, all categories reflected decreases.

These included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 6.4 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.06 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.86 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.56 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 8.95 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 16.07 percent.

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