Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Railroad employment continues slow recovery

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U.S. Class I railroad employment totaled 149,749 in mid-April, up 1.21% from March but down 2.93% from April 2009, according to a Surface Transportation Board count posted Wednesday on STB's website.

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The biggest numerical increase in April was in the transportation (train and engine) category, where the number of operating crew members on the job increased 1.74% to 58,814.

The biggest percentage increase was in the maintenance of way and structures group, where employment rose 2.2% to 34,202.

The April Class I roster also showed 24,170 maintenance of equipment and stores workers on the job, up 0.48% from March; 13,155 professional and administrative, down 0.66; 8,935 executives, officials, and staff assistants, down 0.68%; and transportation (other than train and engine), 6,473, up 0.86%.