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U.S. Class Is employed 115,003 people in mid-March, up 0.82% from mid-February but down 10.06% compared with employment during the same period a year ago, according to Surface Transportation Board data.
Four of six employment categories logged employment increases in March compared with February’s level. They were: maintenance of way and structures, up 1.46% to 28,356 workers; transportation (train and engine), up 1.33% to 46,404; transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.36% to 4,767; and executives, officials and staff assistance, up 0.14% to 7,276.
Categories that posted month-over-month decreases were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.52% to 18,021 workers, and professional and administration, down 0.16% to 10,179.
Year over year, all categories logged decreases: maintenance of equipment and stores, down 18.32%; transportation (train and engine), down 10.42%; transportation (train and engine), down 10.16%; maintenance of way and structures, down 6.67%; professional and administrative, down 5.28%; and executives, officials and staff assistants, down 3.86%.