Class I Employment Up
According to the figures released by the Surface Transportation Board Class I railroad employment was up 1.11 percent in April compared to April 2012, and up 0.44 percent from March 2013.
All categories gained year-over-year except Transportation (other than train and engine) which was down 0.26 percent. The category with the largest gain was Professional and administrative, up 2.66 percent from last year. Executives, officials, and staff assistants category was up 2.10 percent, Maintenance-of-Way and structures was up 1.04 percent, Maintenance of equipment and stores was up 0.93 percent, and Transportation (train and engine) was up 0.91 percent.
All but two categories had a monthly gain, with Maintenance-of-Way and structures having the largest, up 1.46 percent compared to March. Transportation (other than train and engine) was up 0.50 percent, Transportation (train and engine) was up 0.35 percent, and Maintenance of equipment and stores was up 0.04 percent. The two categories with losses were Professional and administrative, down 0.44 percent and Executives, officials, and staff assistance down 0.36 percent.