This is the number of railroad workers in your state. Freight railroads employ more than 805,000 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.
Known as the ‘Rip Van Winkle state’ in the 19th century, North Carolina was slower than neighboring states to embrace the emerging railroad technology that ushered in the industrial movement. The nickname was short-lived, however. The construction of the world’s largest railroad, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, in 1840 was a defining moment for the state. Today, North Carolina is a force in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical, energy and agribusiness industries, and her 22 railroads carry commodities like coal, industrial chemicals, plastics and lumber along with stone and gravel used in construction. With the help of railroads, North Carolina is now a force to be reckoned with.