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STB: U.S. Class I workforce continued to widen in October


The U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit larger last month. As of mid-October, the large roads employed 160,251 people, up 0.1 percent from September’s level and 3.9 percent from October 2010’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

The only workforce segment that declined on a month-over-month basis was transportation (train and engine), which dipped 0.5 percent to 64,061. Staff sizes increased for the following sectors: maintenance of equipment and stores, 0.7 percent to 29,575; transportation (other than T&E), 0.24 percent to 6,727; maintenance-of-way and structures, 0.2 percent to 36,630; executives, officials and staff assistants, 0.2 percent to 9,354; and professional and administrative, 0.1 percent to 13,904.

On a year-over-year basis, all the sectors registered gains: maintenance of equipment and stores, 4.5 percent; maintenance-of-way and structures, 4.5 percent; transportation (T&E), 4.3 percent; executives, officials and staff assistants, 2.6 percent; transportation (other than T&E), 2.5 percent; and professional and administrative, 0.8 percent.

For more STB data on the U.S. Class I workforce as of mid-October, follow this link to download a pdf file.

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