Class 1 Rail Employment Down 0.14% in April

Employment at U.S. Class 1 railroads fell 0.14 percent in April, the Surface Transportation Board said this week.

Between mid-March and Mid-April there were 149,107 workers on Class 1s. That figure is a drop of 2.64 percent compared with figures from the same period in 2016.

Of the six employment categories, half reported decreases compared with mid-March. This included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 2.5 percent to 8,832 employees; professional and administrative, down 4.04 percent to 12,671; and maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.28 percent to 27,849.

Rising during the period was employment of maintenance of way and structures, up 0.35 percent to 34,218 workers; transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.09 percent to 5,849; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.84 percent to 59,688.

On a year-over-year basis, executives, officials and staff assistants were down 5.35 percent; professional and administrative, down 8.21 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.45 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 4.19 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 6.15 percent.

Transportation (train and engine) was the only category to post an increase in employment on a year-over-year basis, rising 2 percent.

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