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Class Is employed 117,764 workers in mid-August, up 0.46 percent from July's employment level but down 15.45 percent year over year, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.
Five of six employment categories logged decreases from mid-July to mid-August. They were: maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.97 percent to 19,165 employees; maintenance of way and structures, down 1.66 percent to 29,433; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.4 percent to 7,491; professionals and administrative, down 0.27 percent to 10,353; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.12 percent to 5,069.
The only workforce category to show a month-to-month increase was transportation (train and engine), which rose 3.31 percent to 46,253 workers.
Year over year, all categories posted employment decreases, led by the maintenance of equipment and stores group, which declined 22.18 percent. The other categories reflected the following employment trends: transportation (train and engine), down 20.92 percent; professional and administrative, down 8.53 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 8.09 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.94 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 2.75 percent.