Class 1 Employment Down Slightly in September

Employment at Class 1 railroads in mid September was 13.69 percent below what it had been a year earlier.

The railroads employed 118,123 people in September compared, a drop of 0.3 percent from mid August of this year the U.S. Surface Transportation Board reported.

Four of six employment categories fell in September compared with August.

These included maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.6 percent to 18,859 workers; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.95 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.61 percent to 7,445; and professional and administrative, down 0.35 percent to 10,317.

Employment rose in transportation (train and engine), up 1.7 percent to 47,037 workers, and maintenance of way and structures, 0.04 percent to 28,444.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories reported fewer workers.

Maintenance of equipment and stores, was down 21.81 percent; transportation (train and engine), was down 17.65 percent; transportation (other than train and engine) was down 8.28 percent; professional and administrative, was down 6.63 percent; maintenance of way and structures, was down 6.48 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, was down 2.36 percent.

As of mid September: BNSF employed 36,932; CSX, 17,241; Canadian National/Grand Trunk, 6,246; Kansas City Southern, 2,659; Norfolk Southern, 19,432; Canadian Pacific Soo Line, 2,656; and Union Pacific, 32,957.

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