Class I Employment Up 0.37% in June

Employment at Class 1 railroads ticket up 0.37 percent in June over that of May.

U.S. Surface Transportation Board figures showed the carriers employed 115,931 people. That was a 0.17 percent decrease compared with June 2020’s count.

Four of six workforce categories posted gains in June compared with May.

These included executives, officials and staff assistants, up 0.88 percent to 7,342 employees; transportation (train and engine), up 0.85 percent to 47,444;  transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.64 percent to 4,751; and professional and administrative, up 0.48 percent to 10,090.

Declining were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.42 percent to 17,659 people; and maintenance of way and structures, down 0.16 percent to 28,645.

On a year-over-year comparison, five of the six categories posted percentage declines.

They included maintenance of equipment and stores, 11.64 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), 7.48 percent; maintenance of way and structures, 5.68 percent; professional and administrative, 4.01 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, 3.28 percent.

The transportation (train and engine) workforce saw a 11.54 percent year-over-year increase.

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