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(Source: Progressive Railroading, March 22, 2024)

The U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit larger last month. As of mid-February, the large railroads employed 123,377 people in the United States, up 0.6% from January’s level and 2.6% from February 2023’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board employment data. On a month-over-month basis, four of the six employment categories posted gains, led by maintenance of way and structures, which rose 1.8% to 28,775. Professional and administrative staff moved up 0.6% to 10,445, the transportation (train and engine) workforce ratcheted up 0.4% to 52,867, and maintenance of equipment and stores ranks inched up 0.1% to 18,231.

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