Class I Railroad Employment up in March

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported that U.S. Class 1 railroad employment rose by 0.32 percent between mid-February and mid-March. However, employment was still down by 2.86 percent compared with the same period in 2016.

Three employment categories saw declines this year, including executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.44 percent to 9,058; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.05 percent to 27,927; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.73 percent to 5,844.

The number of professional and administrative workers rose 0.03 percent to 13,204; maintenance of way and structures, up 0.09 percent to 34,099; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.92 percent to 59,191.

Compared with 2016’s report, the number of executives, officials and staff assistants was down 3.36 percent; professional and administrative was down 5.17 percent; maintenance of way and structures was down 5.28 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores was down 4.99 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine) was down 5.82 percent.

The number of transportation (train and engine) workers increased 0.62 percent compared with mid-March 2016.

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