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Union Pacific Railroad - employees 2013-2019

Over the last five years Union Pacific’s workforce has steadily declined, dropping from 47,201 employees in 2014 to 37,483 in 2019.

U.S. freight rail operators

Union Pacific is one of the seven U.S. class I freight rail operators, being the group of the largest freight rail operators in the U.S. all with annual operating revenues of more than 250 million U.S. dollars (in 1991 dollars). In terms of operating revenue, Union Pacific is the second largest of the class I operators, slightly behind BNSF. Based on market value though, Union Pacific is the largest railway company in the world.

Union Pacific’s revenue

The declining employee count of Union Pacific appears to be due to a combination of declining revenue and the implementation of efficiency measures. Their freight revenue fluctuates since 2014, and dropped from 21.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 to 20.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Concurrently, their revenue tone-miles followed a declining trend between 2014 and 2016, and started to improve slightly since 2017. Nonetheless, over this time, Union Pacific’s operating ratio has been improving, indicating the introduction of cost-saving measures.

Number of Union Pacific's employees from FY 2013 to FY 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

FY 2013 to FY 2019

Special properties

fiscal year ends December 31.

Supplementary notes

Figures prior to 2017 were taken from previous annual reports.

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