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The total headcount at U.S. Class Is increased slightly last month. As of mid-February, the large railroads' workforce stood at 172,195, up 0.42 percent compared with January's total, according to Surface Transportation Board data.Four of the six workforce categories posted increases versus January's count: maintenance of way and structures, up 1.01 percent to 37,171; executives, officials and staff assistants, up 0.67 percent to 9,986; maintenance of equipment and stores, up 0.45 percent to 31,111; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.39 percent to 73,028.The two categories that posted declines last month were transportation (other than T&E), down 1.81 percent to 6,607; and professional and administrative, down 0.14 percent.On a year-over-year basis, the U.S. Class I workforce shot up 6.09 percent last month compared with mid-February 2014. Five categories saw growth: transportation (train and engine), up 10.49 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, up 4.83 percent; maintenance of way and structures, up 3.05 percent; professional and administrative, up 2.34 percent; and executives, officials and staff, up 1.27 percent.Transportation (other than T&E) was down 0.62 percent on a year-over-year basis.
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