This is the number of railroad workers in your state. Freight railroads employ more than 180,000 workers. The majority of the rail workforce is comprised of people who operate trains and those who maintain rail tracks and equipment.
This is the average compensation (benefits included) of a freight rail worker in your state. Rail jobs are among some of the nation’s highest paying and for most, a college degree is not required.
This is the top commodity produced in your state that is shipped by rail. America’s freight railroads transport a huge variety of commodities safely and affordably.
Fancy hats, horses and mint juleps are usually the first things that come to mind when thinking about Kentucky. But what about railroads? Without them, the Kentucky Derby’s most iconic beverage might not have existed. Railroads played an indispensable role in the beginnings of the bourbon industry. Kentucky distilleries depended on trains to bring in raw materials – mainly corn – in and ship the finished product to market. Today, railroads continue to play an important role in the Kentucky economy moving two of the state’s largest exports – coal and automobiles.