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.


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%.