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.
Before singer John Denver labeled it “almost heaven,” West Virginia was known as the Cog State, an acronym for coal, oil and gas. A mountainous topography lying within the Appalachian Mountain range provides rich mineral resources, along with considerable deposits of coal, that helped launch America’s Industrial Revolution and rapid westward expansion thanks to freight rail. Today, logging is also important to the West Virginia economy, as is wind energy, making the partnership between the state and its railroads almost heavenly.