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1/19/2012



Rail News: Labor

U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in December


As 2011 drew to a close, the U.S. Class Is employed fewer people than they did in November. As of mid-December, the large railroads’ workforce stood at 159,717, down 0.3 percent from November’s level, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. But on a year-over-year basis, the workforce grew 3.4 percent.

The only workforce categories that posted month-over-month drops as of mid-December were maintenance-of-way and structures, down 2.4 percent to 35,503, and professional and administrative staff, down 0.2 percent to 13,800. The other four categories notched gains: executives, officials and staff assistants, up 0.8 percent to 9,472; maintenance of equipment and stores, up 0.6 percent to 29,791; transportation (train and engine), up 0.4 percent to 64,397; and transportation (other than T&E), up 0.3 percent to 6,754.


On a year-over-year basis, all six categories registered increases: maintenance of equipment and stores, 4.4 percent; transportation (T&E), 3.8 percent; transportation (other than T&E), 3.4 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, 3.3 percent; maintenance-of-way and structures, 2.6 percent; and professional and administrative staff, 2.4 percent.

For more STB workforce data as of mid-December, follow this link to download a pdf file.



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