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4/7/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in February, STB data shows


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The U.S. Class I workforce continued to contract in February. As of mid-February, the workforce stood at 156,997, a 1.6 percent decrease compared with mid-January’s level and 3.7 percent drop from February 2008’s count, according to the Surface Transportation Board’s most recent employment data.

Transportation (train and engine) ranks shrank 2.9 percent from mid-January’s level to 61,333. The workforce segment also decreased 9.6 percent from February 2008’s count.

The transportation (other than T&E) workforce totaling 7,175 declined 1.9 percent compared with mid-January’s level, but increased 6.3 percent year over year. Executives/officials/staff assistants totaling 10,135 posted the only month-over-month and year-over-year gains at 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

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


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