The U.S. Class I workforce continues to enlarge. As of mid-June, the large roads employed 164,469 people, up 0.1 percent from May's level and 0.8 percent from June 2012's count, according to Surface Transportation Board data.
On a month-over-month basis, three of the six workforce segments posted gains: Professional and administrative staff, up 2.2 percent to 14,467; executives, officials and staff assistants, up 0.6 percent to 9,802; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.2 percent to 66,078. The decliners were the maintenance of equipment and stores force, down 0.6 percent to 29,938; transportation (other than T&E) ranks, down 0.4 percent to 6,742; and maintenance-of-way and structures crews, down 0.2 percent to 37,442.
On a year-over-year basis, only the transportation (other than T&E) workforce decreased, at 1.5 percent. The number of professional and administrative staff grew 3 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants sector climbed 1.5 percent; transportation (T&E) workers rose 0.7 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores employees increased 0.6 percent; and maintenance-of-way and structures staff ratcheted up 0.5 percent.
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