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Class Is as of mid-October employed 116,804 people, down 1.12% from mid-September's level and down 13.21% from October's 2019 count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.
All six employment categories logged decreases last month compared with September. Those categories were: maintenance of equipment and stores, down 21.44% to 18,682 people; transportation (train and engine), down 15.56% to 46,749; transportation (other than train and engine), down 10.17% to 4,902; maintenance of way and structures, down 8.13% to 28,784; professional and administrative, down 5.84% to 10,359; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 4.25% to 7,328.
On a year-over-year basis, all categories reflected employment decreases. They were: transportation (other than train and engine), down 2.37%; maintenance of way and structures, down 2.24%; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.57%; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.94%; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.61%.
One category — professional and administrative — posted a year-over-year increase. Employment in that category rose 0.41%.
By individual railroad, the STB's U.S. Class I workforce data shows that as of mid-October: BNSF Railway Co. employed 36,354 people; CSX, 17,209; CN/Grand Trunk (includes all CN U.S. operations), 6,294; Kansas City Southern, 2,717; Norfolk Southern Railway, 19,466; Canadian Pacific Soon Line, 2,636; and Union Pacific Railroad, 32,128.