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Rail News: Labor
Class I employment in July down from last year
Class Is employed 152,718 people in the United States as of mid-July, down 10.71 percent year over year. But when compared with mid-June, total employment reflected a 0.19 percent increase, according to the Surface Transportation Board.
Transportation (train and engine) was the only employment category out of six to show an increase last month compared with mid-June's employment figures. The workforce in that category rose 1.30 percent to 58,934.
Categories logging decreases compared with mid-June were executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.11 percent to 9,276 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.8 percent to 13,695; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.22 percent to 36,201; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.82 percent to 28,496; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.44 percent to 6,116.
Year over year, all categories reflected decreases: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 6.4 percent; professional and administrative, down 6.06 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 5.86 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 8.56 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 8.95 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 16.07 percent.
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