Transportation (train and engine) employees led the way in employment gains for the second straight month, increasing 5.59% in July vs. one year ago, powering an overall Class I railroad employment rise of 1.91% to 152,925 in the 12 months ended mid-August, the Surface Transportation Board reported.
Total employment fell a slight 0.08% from levels reported for mid-July, with Transportation (train and engine) down 0.14%, STB reported.
Professional and Administrative also gained over year-ago levels, up 3.54%. Those gains helped offset year-over-year declines in Executives, officials and staff assistants (down 1.84%), Transportation (other than train and engine), down 1.09%, Maintenance of way and structures (down 1.02%), and Maintenance of equipment and stores (down 0.74%).
Categories of employment gaining from July included Executives, officials, and staff assistants (up 1.02%), Maintenance of equipment and stores (up 0.02%), and Transportation (other than train and engine), up 1.07%.
Declines from July were relatively modest. Professional and administrative employees declined by 0.21% month over month, as did Maintenance of way and structures (down 0.49%) and Transportation (train and engine), down 0.14%.