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.
The soil rich Mississippi Delta helped to make the state the cotton capital of the world, but it was expansion of the railroad that bears primary responsibility for the dramatic expansion of the cotton kingdom in Mississippi. Early cotton growers relied on steamboats to move their cotton to market, but it was the railroad which allowed inland cotton to be brought to market more efficiently. Today, railroads move commodities like chemicals, metal products and plastics helping keep Mississippi in tall cotton.