Class 1 Railroad Employment Down 1% in November

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported this week that Class I railroads in mid November employed 133,225 people, which was down 1 percent from mid-October’s level and down 10.58 percent from November 2018.

All six workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases.
Executives, officials and staff assistants were down 0.31 percent to 7,629 employees; professional and administrative was down 0.83 percent to 10,910; maintenance of way and structures was down 0.28 percent to 31,242; maintenance of equipment and stores was down 1.72 percent to 23,370; transportation (other than train and engine) was down 0.35 percent to 5,438; and transportation (train and engine) was down 1.31 percent to 54,636.
On a year-over-year basis, all categories also logged decreases.

Executives, officials and staff assistants was down 7.97 percent; professional and administrative was down 7.75 percent; maintenance of way and structures was down 3.54 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores was down 15 percent; transportation (other than train and engine) was down 4.6 percent; and transportation (train and engine) was down 13.66 percent.

In November BNSF employed 41,551 people; Union Pacific had 37,013 workers, Norfolk Southern had 22,818; CSX had 18,783; Canadian National/Grand Trunk had 7,123; Kansas City Southern had 3,024; and  Canadian Pacific/Soo Line had 2,913.

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