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The total headcount at U.S. Class Is dropped a bit last month. As of mid-January, the large roads' workforce stood at 164,568, down 3.7 percent compared with December 2014's level, according to Surface Transportation Board employment data.All six workforce categories registered declines versus December headcounts: maintenance-of-way and structures, down 6.4 percent to 34,985; transportation (other than train and engine), down about 5 percent to 6,370; professional and administrative, down 4.8 percent to 13,600; executives, officials and staff assistants, down 3.9 percent to 9,621; transportation (train and engine), down 2.5 percent to 69,921; and maintenance of equipment and stores, down 2.3 percent to 30,071.But on a year-over-year basis, the U.S. Class I workforce grew 1.4 percent. Transportation (train and engine) forces rose nearly 6 percent and the number of maintenance of equipment and stores workers increased 1 percent versus January 2014 figures. The other four workforce categories registered the following year-over-year declines: transportation (other than T&E), 4.2 percent; professional and administrative, 3.2 percent; maintenance-of-way and structures, 2.8 percent; and executives, officials and staff assistants, 2.1 percent.
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