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Class 1 Employment Down 0.02% in May

June 24, 2021

Class I railroads employed 115,508 workers in mid-May, a 0.02 percent increase from April’s level but down 2.84 percent year over year.

U.S. Surface Transportation Board statistics show that four of six employment categories posted gains between mid-April and mid-May.

Maintenance of way and structures was up 0.55 percent to 28,690 workers; transportation (train and engine), was up 0.2 percent to 47,044; executives, officials and staff assistants, was up 0.17 percent to 7,278; and transportation (other than train and engine), was up 0.13 percent to 4,721.

Showing declines were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.91 percent to 17,733 workers; and professional and administrative, down 0.83 percent to 10,042.

On a year-over-year comparison, only transportation (train and engine) posted an increase. That category rose 7.75 percent.

Showing declines were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 16.7 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 9.32 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.95 percent; professional and administrative, down 5.21 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants down 4.56 percent.

Slight Uptick in August in Class 1 Employment

September 24, 2020

U.S. Surface Transportation Board figures released this week show that U.S. Class 1 railroads employed 117,764 workers in mid-August, up 0.46 percent from July’s employment level but down 15.45 percent year over year.

Five of six employment categories saw in employment, including maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.97 percent to 19,165; maintenance of way and structures, down 1.66 percent to 29,433; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.4 percent to 7,491; professionals and administrative, down 0.27 percent to 10,353; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.12 percent to 5,069.

Transportation (train and engine) employment rose 3.31 percent to 46,253 workers.

On a year over year basis, all categories saw employment decline.

Maintenance of equipment and stores declined 22.18 percent; transportation (train and engine), was down 20.92 percent; professional and administrative was down 8.53 percent; transportation (other than train and engine) was down 8.09 percent; maintenance of way and structures was  down 6.94 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants was down 2.75 percent.

Class 1 Rail Employment Fell in June

July 23, 2020

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced this week that Class 1 railroad employment in mid June was 116,128, a decline of 2.31 percent from May and a drop of 17.99 percent year compared with 2019.

All employment categories logged month-to-month decreases. They were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 6.13 percent to 19,985 people; transportation (train and engine), down 2.57 percent to 42,536; transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.36 percent to 5,135; professional and administrative, down 0.77 percent to 10,512; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.46 percent to 7,591; and maintenance of way and structures, down 0.45 percent to 30,369.

All categories also fell on a year over year comparison. They were transportation (train and engine), down 28.63 percent;  maintenance of equipment and stores, down 21.22 percent; professional and administrative, down 8.22 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 7.63 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 4.69 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 2.13 percent.

Class 1 Employment Down in April

May 21, 2020

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said Class 1 railroads employed 124,430 as of mid-April, down 2.69 percent from March and down 13.72 percent from April 2019 levels.

Four employment categories logged month-to-month decreases.

Those included transportation (train and engine), down 6.07 percent to 48,658 employees; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.6 percent to 21,709; transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.3 percent to 5,237; and professional and administrative, down 1.01 percent to 10,638.

Two categories increased. Executives, officials and staff assistants rose 1.35 percent to 10,638 people; and maintenance of way and structures climbed 0.44 percent to 30,518.

On a year over year basis, all categories logged decreases.

This included transportation (train and engine), down 20.41 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 17.31 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 6.31 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.2 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 4.84 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 2.04 percent.

Class 1 Employment Fell in January

February 26, 2020

Employment at U.S. Class 1 railroads fell 2.41 percent in mid January compared with the December 2019 levels of employment.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said the carriers employed 128,311 last month.

That was a drop of 12.45 percent compared with the employment in mid January 2019.

Five of six workforce categories posted month-to-month decreases including  executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.18 percent to 7,608 employees; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.43 percent to 22,647; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.91 percent to 5,346; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.04 percent to 30,152; and transportation (train and engine), down 4.48 percent to 51,709.

Professional and administrative employment rose 0.35 percent to 10,849 employees.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories saw declines including maintenance of way and structures, down 3.99 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 4.21 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 6.91 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.53 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 16.49 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 17.33 percent.

Class 1 Railroad Employment Fell in December

January 28, 2020

Employment by U.S. Class 1 railroads continued to sink last month.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said that in mid December 2019, the railroads employed 131,486 people, which was down 1.31 percent since mid November’s level and down 11 percent from the mid December 2018s count.

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

This included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.09 percent to 7,622 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.91 percent to 10,811; maintenance of way and structures, down 1.48 percent to 30,780; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 2.67 percent to 22,745; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.79 percent to 5,395; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.92 percent to 54,133.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories also posted decreases.

This included officials and staff assistants, down 7.53 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.61 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 3.44 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 16.73 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 4.55 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 14.01 percent.

In mid December 2019 BNSF employed 40,714; Union Pacific, 37,105; Norfolk Southern, 22,294; CSX, 18,567; Canadian National/Grand Trunk, 6,902; Kansas City Southern, 3,026; and Canadian Pacific/Soo Line, 2,878.

Railroad Employment Hit Historic Low in 2019

January 8, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that for the first time since the 1940s employment in the railroad industry has fallen below 200,000.

When 2019 began railroads employed 215,400. But in subsequent months the payrolls were lopped off by more than 15,000 positions.

Preliminary data from November shows 195,800 being employed by the railroad industry, the lowest number since the Bureau began keeping records.

In 1947, railroads employed more than 1.5 million people. Employment in the industry subsequently began falling, but over the past 25 years employment has ranged between 210,000 and 250,000.

The level of employment has risen and fallen as various economic forces have played out. For example at the depth of the Great Recession of 2008, employment fell to 210,000.

But as the economy improved railroad employment began ticking upward.

Railroad employment has also been subject to seasonal variations as traffic picked up or fell.

The Bureau said the downturn in railroad employment has been particularly pronounced since 2015 due to traffic declines and the use of the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

Railroads practicing PSR typically seek to reduce their headcount as they close shops, yards and thin management ranks. They also operate fewer and longer trains that require fewer operating employees.

In January 2015 railroads employed 245,800. A year later employment was 221,700 and in January 2017 it was 217,000.

By contrast employment in the trucking industry is rising. It was 1.45 million in November 2016 and 1.51 million in November 2019.

The Bureau’s data is based on monthly payroll surveys.

Class 1 Railroad Employment Down 1% in November

December 28, 2019

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.

Employment Down at Class 1 Railroads in Mid October

December 3, 2019

Employment at Class 1 railroads in mid October was down 1.67 percent over the number of employees in mid September and down 9.51 percent from the October 2018 headcount.

U.S. Surface Transportation Board figures show the Class 1 carriers employed 134,582 people in mid October.

All but one of the STB’s six workforce categories showed month-to-month declines.

Executives, officials and staff assistants rose 0.37 percent increase to 7,653 employees between mid-September to mid-October.

Posting declines were transportation (train and engine), down 3.07 percent to 55,361 employees; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.4 percent to 23,780; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.49 percent to 31,330; professional and administrative, down 0.44 percent to 11,001; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.31 percent to 5,457.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories fell. Maintenance of equipment and stores, was down 13.12 percent; transportation (train and engine), was down 11.82 percent; executives, officials and staff assistant, was down 9.91 percent; professional and administrative, was down 6.86 percent; maintenance of way and structures, was down 3.77 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine), was down 4.38 percent.

BNSF employed 41,612, Union Pacific employed, 37,599; Norfolk Southern employed 23,251, CSX, employed 18,881; Canadian National/Grand Trunk employed 7,246; Kansas City Southern employed 3,031, and Canadian Pacific/Soo Line employed 2,962.

Railroads Led Job Losses in October

November 5, 2019

A federal report has found that during October the railroad industry lost more jobs than any other industry.

The report, issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the U.S. Department of Labor, found that railroad work rolls fell nearly 8 percent when compared to October 2018.

The payroll declines are rooted in operating employees being furloughed due to traffic declines and the implementation of the precision scheduled railroading operating model at Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.

PSR seeks to reduce crew starts by operating fewer and longer trains.

Railroads are now part of a group of the fastest contracting industries.

Todd Tranausky, a rail and intermodal analyst with FTR Transportation Intelligence, told Trains magazine that it is startling that railroads have headed the list of the most job losses during a month when General Motors workers were on strike.

“That speaks to how quickly the railroads are reacting to the volume downturn,” Tranausky said.

He said that improvements in average train speed and terminal dwell times have flat lined, which suggests that railroads are not as concerned about moving lower volumes as quickly as they have been.

NS recently said that it is operating at record low train and engine crew levels.

The carrier has steadily been reducing its headcount and expects to have reduced it by 3,200 workers by the end of the year.