Thursday, December 09, 2010

How many total railroad workers?


I am trying to do some research on workers during specific years, but have failed to find any websites that will give me specific answers.

The questions:

How many total railroad workers in the:


And how many female railroad workers in the same years?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possible sources for railroad employment data,

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

12/09/2010 6:03 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

If you are looking for workers on all railroads in the US, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, available in most any library, would be a first place to look. If looking for workers on particular railroads, its going to be more of a challenge. Later annual reports may have that information, but I doubt there will be any breakdown by gender.

I once started trying to compile employment data for the CPRR by going through the various US census records. For all the census years available during the existence of the CPRR (forget 1890, which was lost in a fire), the census lists everyone in families and occupations, and there is a finite number of counties along the railroad. However, very quickly I realized that would not give the precision I wanted. Just going through the Sacramento records for 1870 I ran into the problem of men being listed as "blacksmith" or "machinist", without any indication of whether they worked for the CPRR or independently. And, even listings such as "railroad" don't tell us which railroad. In many places that wouldn't be a issue, but several of the counties had more than one railroad.


12/10/2010 12:02 PM  

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