Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rail employment down 2.1% in 12 months

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U.S. Class I railroads employed 159,511 workers in mid-January 2009, 2.11% fewer than in mid-January 2008, the Surface Transportation Board reported in new statistics posted Wednesday.

The biggest decline was in the transportation (train and engine) category, where employment was down 6.95% to 63,187. The number of professional and administrative workers declined 0.35% to 13,753.

But the numbers improved in the four other categories, led by an 8.44% increase in transportation (other than train and engine) employment to 7,312. The number of maintenance of way and structures employees increased 1.47% to 34,449; maintenance of equipment and stores employment rose 0.86% to 30,689; and the number of executives, officials, and staff assistants was up 0.03% to 10,121.