Class 1 Employment Down 1.12% in October

Class I railroad employment in mid October was 116,804 or down 1.12 percent from mid-September’s level and down 13.21 percent compared with October 2019.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which reported the data, said all six employment categories saw declines last month compared with September.

This included maintenance of equipment and stores, down 21.44 percent to 18,682; transportation (train and engine), down 15.56 percent to 46,749; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.17 percent to 4,902; maintenance of way and structures, down 8.13 percent to 28,784; professional and administrative, down 5.84 percent to 10,359; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 4.25 percent to 7,328.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories posted declines. Including transportation (other than train and engine), down 2.37 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.24 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.57 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.94 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.61 percent.

Employment in professional and administrative posted a year-over-year increase of 0.41 percent.

As of mid October BNSF employed 36,354; CSX, 17,209; Canadian National/Grand Trunk (includes all CN U.S. operations), 6,294; Kansas City Southern, 2,717; Norfolk Southern, 19,466; Canadian Pacific/Soo Line, 2,636; and Union Pacific, 32,128.

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