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U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in July, STB says

The U.S. Class I workforce actually grew a tad larger from June to July, but remained well below last year’s level. As of mid-July, the workforce stood at 150,400, up 0.5 percent from June’s level and down 8.7 percent from July 2008’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

Executives, officials and staff assistants numbered 9,378, down 6.7 percent month over month and 6.8 percent year over year. Transportation (train and engine) ranks increased 2.5 percent from June’s count to 56,814, but tumbled 16.6 percent vs. July 2008’s level.

Professional and administrative staff, which totaled 13,841, was the only workforce segment to post month-over-month (4.3 percent) and year-over-year (0.6 percent) gains.

For more breakdowns of the STB’s most recent employment data, follow this link to download a pdf file of July figures.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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