Class 1 RR Employment Continued to Fall in June

Class 1 Railroad employment continued to fall last month the U.S. Surface Transportation Board said.

The railroads employed 148,627 as of mid-June, down 0.27 percent since mid-May’s employment figure and down 2.49 percent compared with mid-June 2016.

Four out of six employment categories fell in mid-June including executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.53 percent to 8,699 employees; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.34 percent to 34,042; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.54 percent to 27,300; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.34 percent to 5,805.

The number of professional and administrative employees rose 1.43 percent to 12,685, while transportation and engine employment rose 0.04 percent to 60,096.

On a year over year basis, the number of executives, officials and staff assistants was down 6.32 percent; professional and administrative, down 8.11 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.17 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 4.98 percent; and transportation (other than T&E) down 5.5 percent. The number of T&E employees increased 3.29 percent.

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