Friday, August 17, 2012

July employment up over year; down from June

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U.S. Class I railroads employed 162,006 workers in mid-July, up 1.94% from July 2011, but down 0.71%, or 1,153 workers, from mid-June, according to data released by the Surface Transportation Board.

Executives officials, and staff assistants was the biggest segment gainer, up 4.29% in mid-July from one year ago, and also up 0.69% from June.

But all other categories lost ground from the previous month, though all also advanced from levels of one year ago.

Transportation-train and engine employment fell 1.17% from a month ago, though gaining 2.02% year-over year. Transportation (other than train and engine) fell nearly as much, 1.15%, from a month ago, gaining 1.02% year over year. Professional and administrative employment fell 1.03% from mid-June, gaining a scant 0.01% from a year ago.

Maintenance-of-way employment slipped 0.38% from mid-June, though up 2.06% from July 2011; Maintenance-of-equipment-and-stores fell even less, 0.28%, from mid-June, logging a comparable 2.03% gain from levels of one year ago.