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The U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit larger last month. As of mid-May, the Class Is employed 164,249 people, a 0.3 percent increase compared with April's level and a 1.1 percent gain compared with May 2013's count, according to Surface Transportation Board data released on Friday.Only the transportation (other than train and engine) workforce segment, which totaled 6,767 in mid-May, posted declines on both a month-over-month (0.3 percent) and year-over-year (1.3 percent) basis.The month-over-month gainers were the maintenance-of-way and structures force, up 0.7 percent to 37,533; professional and administrative staff, up 0.4 percent to 14,156; maintenance of equipment and stores segment, up 0.3 percent to 30,127; transportation (train and engine) sector, up 0.2 percent to 65,919; and executives/officials/staff assistants category, up less than a tenth of a percent to 9,747.On a year-over-year basis, the professional and administrative staff grew 2.5 percent; number of executives/officials/staff assistants increased 1.7 percent; transportation (T&E) ranks swelled 1.3 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores force enlarged 0.7 percent; and number of maintenance-of-way and structures employees rose 0.6 percent.
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