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.
Wild Bill Hickok, General George Custer, Crazy Horse and those four famous faces high on Mount Rushmore helped establish South Dakota as a national place of interest, but what really kicked things off was the gold rush of 1874. Mining was one of the South Dakota’s first industries, followed closely by the railroads, which brought panhandlers to the state and moved their gold out. Today, gold is one of two commodities railroads are not required to move, but railroads continue to have a big role in South Dakota’s economy: transporting more than 60 percent of the wheat, corn, soybeans and cattle that produced by the state’s thriving farm industry.