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STB data: U.S. Class Is widened workforce in February


After shrinking slightly in January, the U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit in February. As of mid-February, the workforce stood at 154,502, a 0.8 percent increase from January’s level and 4.7 percent climb from February 2010’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

The transportation (train and engine) workforce of 62,142 grew 1.4 percent from January’s level and ballooned 9.3 percent from February 2010’s mark. Also posting gains: professional and administrative staff, which at 13,633 increased 1.4 percent on a month-over-month basis and 1.7 percent on a year-over-year basis; and maintenance-of-way and structures staff, which at 34,299 rose 0.5 percent from January’s level and 3 percent from February 2010’s mark.

The maintenance of equipment and stores workforce of 28,625 in mid-February was relatively flat vs. January’s level, but increased 1.5 percent year over year. Executive, officials and staff assistants numbering 9,168 declined 0.2 percent on a month-over-month basis, but increased 1.2 percent on a year-over-year basis. However, the transportation (other than T&E) workforce of 6,635 declined 0.6 percent from January’s level and 2.9 percent from February 2010’s mark.

For more STB workforce data as of mid-February, follow this link to download a pdf file.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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