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8/24/2022



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Class Is report slight uptick in July employment levels


The chart shows total Class I employment levels by the month for the years 2019 through 2022. The dark blue lines illustrate 2019 employment levels; light blue, 2020; green, 2021; and purple, 2022.
Photo – stb.gov

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Class Is employed 116,407 employees in the United States as of mid-July, which represents a 0.13% increase compared with June employment levels and a 0.64% bump from July 2021 levels, according to Surface Transportation Board data.

Three out of six employment categories logged month-to-month increases. They were executives, officials and staff assistants, up 0.97% to 7,838 employees; professional and administrative, up 0.47% to 9,905; and transportation (train and engine), up 0.36% to 48,252.

The three categories that logged decreases were maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.33% to 17,324 employees; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.26% to 28,417; and transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.09% to 4,671.

Year over year, two categories posted increases: executives, officials and staff assistants, up 7.06%; and transportation (train and engine), up 1.59%. The following categories posted decreases: professional and administrative, down 1.8%; transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.27%; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.11%; and maintenance of way and structures, down 0.34%.



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