Class 1 Employment Continued to Fall in August

Employment at U.S. Class 1 railroads continued to fall in August, dropping by 0.02 percent since July, the Surface Transportation Board said.

STBEmployment  for 2016 to date is down 9.61 percent over what it was at this time a year ago.

The STB said that all six employment categories reflected decreases in mid-August compared with mid-July as well as with mid-August a year ago.

The month-to-month comparison showed that the number of executives, officials and staff assistants is down 1.33 percent to 9,153; professional and administrative, down 0.27 percent to 13,658; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.59 percent to 35,986; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.72 percent to 28,292; transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.32 percent to 6,035; and transportation (train and engine), down 1.18 percent to 59,629.

In comparing 2016 with 2015, the number of executives, officials and staff assistants decreased 6.68 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.19 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.04 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.75 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.06 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 13.10 percent.

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