Class 1 RR Employment Fell 0.84% in December

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that employment at Class 1 railroads fell 0.84 percent in mid December 2016 when compared with mid November.

STBThe STB said the railroads employed 150,215 workers last month. The December 2016 figure was a drop of 6.58 percent from December 2015.

Decreases occurred in most reported employment categories between November and December with the exception of a 0.34 percent increase in maintenance of ways and stores, which had 28,298 workers.

The number of executives, officials and staff assistants fell 1.73 percent to 8,986 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.68 percent to 13,124; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.2 percent to 34,404; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.22 percent to 5,922; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.57 percent to 59,481.

When comparing December 2015 with December 2016, all categories saw declines in employment.

Executives, officials and staff assistants declined 6.2 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.54 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 4.22 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 6.92 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.97 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 7.13 percent.

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