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STB report: U.S. Class I workforce exceeded 160,000 in August


The U.S. Class I workforce continued to grow last month, exceeding the 160,000 mark. As of mid-August, the large roads employed 160,107 people, a 0.8 percent increase compared with July’s level and 4.9 percent gain compared with August 2010’s workforce, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

The only decline listed on the STB’s latest employment report — and a small one at that — was a 0.04 percent decrease in the number of professional and administrative staff (13,887) compared with July’s level. The workforce segment increased 0.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.

The month-over-month gainers include the transportation (train and engine) workforce, up 1.2 percent to 64,342; maintenance-of-way and structures staff, up 0.6 percent to 36,590; maintenance of equipment and stores ranks, up 0.5 percent to 29,223; executives/officials/staff assistants, up 0.4 percent to 9,365; and transportation (other than T&E) workforce, up 0.1 percent to 6,700.

On a year-over-year basis, the number of transportation (T&E) workers grew 6.6 percent. The maintenance-of-way and structures staff expanded 5.1 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores workforce rose 4.2 percent; number of executives/officials/staff assistants increased 3.9 percent; and transportation (other than T&E) workforce nudged up 1.7 percent.

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

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