Class 1 Railroad Employment up in September

Class 1 railroad employment was up slightly in September over the August levels.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said the railroads employed 148,171 workers, up 0.02 percent compared with mid-August and up 1.02 percent compared with the same month in 2017.

Four of six employment categories showed declines on a month-over-month basis.

This included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.54 percent to 8,414 employees; professional and administrative, down 1.04 percent to 11,852; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.36 percent to 32,493; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.67 percent to 5,662.

The number of maintenance of equipment and stores workers rose 0.60 percent to 27,109 between August and September, while the number of transportation (train and engine) rose 0.32 percent to 62,641.

On a year-over-year basis, four categories reflected decreases: Executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.98 percent; professional and administrative, down 4.37 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.96 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.28 percent.

The number of transportation (train and engine) category increased by 4.61 percent, while maintenance of equipment and stores inched up 1.38 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

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