Employment for locomotive engineers is expected to decline through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Despite this prediction, the DOL says that "an increase in intermodal freight—the shipment of goods through multiple transportation modes—may increase demand for some railroad workers." In recent years, employment growth also has benefitted from federal legislation that has raised the number of hours engineers must rest between work shifts (which has created a need for more workers to cover shifts).
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