Class 1 Employment Fell 1.74% in September

U.S. Class 1 railroad employment in mid September was down 1.74 percent from August to 136,865 the U.S. Surface Transportation Board said this week.

The September figure was down 7.63 percent from the workforce size in September 2018.

All six workforce categories saw decreases in September compared with August.

Employment by category in September was professional and administration, down 2.38 percent to 11,050 employees; transportation (train and engine), down 2.35 percent to 57,115; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 2.07 percent to 24,118; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.01 percent to 7,625; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.74 percent to 5,474; and maintenance of way and structures, down 0.46 percent to 31,483.

On a year-over-year basis, the categories reflected the following decreases: Maintenance of equipment and stores, down 11.03 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 9.38 percent; transportation (train and engine), down 8.82 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.77 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 3.32 percent; and maintenance of way and structures, down 3.11 percent.

Individual railroad employment in September by railroad was BNSF, 42,030; Union Pacific, 38,803; Norfolk Southern, 23,698; CSX, 19,003; Canadian National/Grand Trunk, 7,309; Kansas City Southern, 3,051; and Canadian Pacific/Soo Line, 2,971.

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