Tuesday, May 21, 2013

April employment gains over year, previous month

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Figures released Tuesday, May 21, by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,775 people in mid-April, up 1.11% from April 2012, and up 716 people, or 0.44%, from the previous month of March.

As per one month ago, all categories save one gained year-over-year, though this time Transportation (other than train and engine) notched the year-over-year loss, down 0.26%. Leading the winners year-over-year was Professional and administrative, up 2.66%, followed by Executives, officials, and staff assistants, up 2.10%, Maintenance of way and structures, up 1.04%, Maintenance of equipment and stores, up 0.93%, and Transportation (train and engine), up 0.91%.

Four of six categories gained ground in mid-April from mid-March levels. Maintenance-of-Way and Structures again led the monthly gain, up 1.46%, followed by Transportation (other than train and engine), up 0.50%, Transportation (train and engine), up 0.35%, and Maintenance of equipment and stores, eking out a 0.04% gain. Professional and administrative fell 0.44% from mid-March, while Executives, officials, and staff assistants dropped slightly less, down 0.36%.