Class 1 Railroad Employment Fell in May

Employment on Class 1 railroads in mid May fell 2.42 percent from the corresponding figure recorded in May 2016, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported.

The STB said the railroads employed 149,032, a drop of 0.05 percent from the mid-April tally.

Of the six employment categories, five reported decreases compared with mid-April.

That included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.99 percent to 8,745 employees; professional and administrative, down 1.3 percent to 12,506; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.18 percent to 34,158; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.44 percent to 27,726; and transportation other than train and engine, down 0.41 percent to 5,825.

Train-and-engine employment rose 0.64 percent to 60,072 employees between mid-April and mid-May.

Compared with May 2016, all categories except train-and-engine transportation saw declines.

Executives, officials and staff assistants fell 5.69 percent; professional and administrative fell 8.57 percent; maintenance of way and structures fell 6.08 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores fell 4.73 percent; and transportation other than train and engine fell 5.85 percent.

Employment in the train-and-engine transportation category rose 3.37 percent on a year-over-year basis.

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