In the key category of transportation (train and engine)—train operating crews—employment rose to 57,807 in March, a 2.58% increase over February.
This was about double the rate of increase for all employment. That figure increased 1.13% to 147,966 in March, according to a report posted Tuesday on the Surface Transportation Board's website.
All categories of railroad employment ran below last year's levels in March:
* Executives, officials, and staff assistants—8,966, down 10.16%.
* Professional and administrative—13,243, down 2.05%.
* Maintenance of way and structures—33,466, down 3.49%.
* Maintenanxce of equipment and shores—28,036, down 5.75%.
*Transportation (other than train and engine)—6,418, down 9.68%.
*Transportation (train and engine)—57,807, down 3.50%.
The employment index, based on 1967 as 100, was 24.3 in March compared with 24 in February and 23.7 in January.