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U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller in June, STB data shows


U.S. Class Is continued to whittle down their ranks last month. As of mid-June, their workforce stood at 149,614, representing a 1.3 percent decrease from mid-May’s level and 8.5 percent drop from June 2008’s count, according to the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) most recent employment data.

Transportation (train and engine) ranks numbered 55,434, declining 1.7 percent from mid-May’s level, but plunging 17.5 percent from June 2008’s count.

Maintenance of equipment and stores workers totaled 28,619, down 2.3 percent month over month and 5.4 percent year over year. Maintenance of way and structures ranks numbering 35,382 posted the lowest month-over-month decline at 0.2 percent, while executives/officials/staff assistants totaling 10,047 registered the lowest year-over-year drop at 0.02 percent.

For more breakdowns of the STB’s most recent employment data, follow this link to download a pdf file of June figures.

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