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As of mid-July, the largest U.S. railroads employed 171,043 people, down 0.75 percent from June's level, but up 2.34 percent compared with July 2014's count, according to data from the Surface Transportation Board.On a month-over-month basis, the size of the workforce decreased in all six reported categories: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.13 percent to 9,910; professional and administrative, down 0.51 percent to 14,578; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.42 percent to 38,455; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.46 percent to 31,164; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.18 percent to 6,717; and transportation (train and engine), down 1.24 percent to 70,219.Year over year, the size of the workforce in four of the six categories increased: professional and administrative, up 1.48 percent; MOW and structures, up 2.95 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, up 3.97 percent; and transportation (train and engine), up 2.17 percent.Workforce numbers in two categories fell year over year. They were: executives, officials and staff assistance, down 0.63 percent; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.39 percent.
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