Media Kit » Try RailPrime™ Today! »
Progressive Railroading
Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

View Current Digital Issue »


Rail News Home Labor


Rail News: Labor

Number of U.S. Class I workers jumped in June, STB report shows


The U.S. Class I workforce continued to swell last month. As of mid-June, the workforce stood at 159,340, up 1.2 percent from May’s level and 5.2 percent from June 2010’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

The only segment that declined on a month-over-month basis was transportation (other than train and engine), which as of mid-June totaled 6,669 workers, down 1.1 percent. Compared with May figures, the number of professional and administrative staffers climbed 2 percent to 13,824; transportation (T&E) ranks increased 1.6 percent to 64,111; executives/officials/staff assistants rose 1.1 percent to 9,331; maintenance-of-way and structures workers grew 0.7 percent to 36,279; and maintenance of equipment and stores employees increased 0.6 percent to 29,126.

All six segments registered gains on a year-over-year basis: transportation (T&E), up 7.5 percent; executives/officials/staff assistants, up 4 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, up 3.8 percent; maintenance-of-way and structures, also up 3.8 percent; professional and administrative staff, up 3.3 percent; and transportation (other than T&E), up 2.4 percent.

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

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 7/22/2011