Class 1 RR Employment Dipped in September

Although some furloughed train and engine employees were recalled in September, U.S. Class I railroad employment still fell during the month.

STBThe U.S. Surface Transportation Board said rising grain shipments led the railroads to call back to work some T&E employees.

That sparked an 0.34 percent increase in T&E employees during September over August. The STB said 59,831 people were employed in T&E service in September.

However, employment in all other railroad categories fell with railroad payrolls shrinking by 0.17 percent, to 152,486 employees.

U.S. Class I railroad employment is down 8.7 percent versus from a year ago. Train crews continue to face the deepest cutbacks, with their numbers down 11.1 percent versus a year ago.

CSX, Canadian Pacific operations in the U.S., Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern employment all dropped slightly during September.

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