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12/27/2019



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S. Class Is employed fewer people in November


All six Class I workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases.
Photo – BNSF Railway Co.

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As of mid-November, Class Is employed 133,225 people, down 1 percent from mid-October's level and down 10.58 percent from November 2018's count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

All six workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases.
They were: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.31 percent to 7,629 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.83 percent to 10,910; maintenance of way and structures, down 0.28 percent to 31,242; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.72 percent to 23,370; transportation (other than train and engine), down 0.35 percent to 5,438; and transportation (train and engine), down 1.31 percent to 54,636.

On a year-over-year basis, all categories also logged decreases. They were: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 7.97 percent; professional and administrative, down 7.75 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 3.54 percent; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 15 percent; transportation (other than train and engine), down 4.6 percent; and transportation (train and engine), down 13.66 percent.

By individual railroad, the STB's U.S. Class I workforce data shows that as of mid-November, BNSF Railway Co. employed 41,551 people; Union Pacific Railroad, 37,013; Norfolk Southern Railway, 22,818; CSX employed 18,783; CN/Grand Trunk, 7,123; Kansas City Southern, 3,024; and Canadian Pacific Soo Line, 2,913.



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