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U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May, STB data shows


After enlarging slightly in March and April, the U.S. Class I workforce contracted a bit in May. As of mid-May, the large roads employed 161,191 people, down 0.4 percent compared with April’s level, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. But on a year-over-year basis, the workforce grew 2.3 percent.

Four segments decreased on a month-over-month basis: maintenance-of-way and structures, 1.4 percent to 36,383; transportation (other than train and engine), 0.9 percent to 6,741; maintenance of equipment and stores, 0.5 percent to 29,631; and transportation (T&E), 0.1 percent to 65,069. The number of executives, officials and staff assistants increased 0.4 percent to 9,586, and number of professional and administrative staff members rose nearly 0.4 percent to 13,781.

All six categories posted gains versus May 2011 levels: executives, officials and staff assistants, 3.9 percent; transportation (T&E), 3.2 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, 2.3 percent; professional and administrative, 1.7 percent; maintenance-of-way and structures, 1 percent; and transportation (other than T&E), 0.9 percent.

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

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