Class 1 Rail Employment down 4.46% in May

Employment at Class 1 railroads in mid May fell 4.46 percent when compared with April 2020, U.S. Surface Transportation Board figures show.

The railroads employed 118,880 last month, which was down 16.84 percent from May 2019 levels.

All six employment categories posted month-to-month decreases.

Transportation (train and engine), was down 10.27 percent to 43,660 employees; maintenance of equipment and stores, was down 1.93 percent to 21,289; transportation (other than train and engine), was down 0.59 percent to 5,206; executives, officials and staff assistants, was down 0.57 percent to 7,626; professional and administrative, was down 0.41 percent to 10,594; and maintenance of way and structures, was down 0.04 percent to 30,505.

On a year over year basis all categories posted declines.

Transportation (train and engine), was down 27.54 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, was down 17.83 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), was down 6.54 percent; professional and administrative, was down 6.08 percent; maintenance of way and structures, was down 5.02 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, was down 2.47 percent.

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