Class 1 RR Employment Fell in March

Employment at Class 1 railroads slipped 0.58 percent in March compared with the employment levels of the previous month.

Statistics released by the U.S. Surface Transportation board found that the railroads employed 144,948 people in mid-March, which also was down down 0.11 percent compared with March 2018.

On a month-over-month basis, four of six employment categories saw declines.

This included executives, officials and staff assistants, down 2.45 percent to 7,928 employees; professional and administrative, down 2.33 percent to 11,424; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 1.86 percent to 26,478; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.28 percent to 61,673.

Increases were posted in maintenance of way and structures, up 0.89 percent to 31,861 employees; and transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.27 percent to 5,584.

On a year-over-year basis, employment levels fell in the categories of executives, officials and staff assistants, down 4.39 percent; professional and administrative, down 4.31 percent; maintenance of way and structures, down 1.76 percent; and maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.42 percent.

Gaining on a year-over-year basis were transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.50 percent; and transportation (train and engine), up 2.28 percent.

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