In the wake of an $8 billion loss last year, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced on Tuesday this week that his agency is studying over 3,600 post offices for possible closure. That puts 1-in-10 offices in every state but Delaware under review, with most located in rural areas.
Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Postmaster General: "It's no secret the postal service is looking to change the way we do a lot of things. And it's driven by a large part, on what makes sense financially and what makes sense for our customers and the communities we support."
In January, the postal service began reviewing 1,400 offices for possible closure. Of the nearly 500 reviews that have been completed, 280 locations are slated to be closed. Postal officials estimate that as many as 3,000 postmasters, along with 500 station managers and up to 1,000 clerks could lose their jobs.
Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Postmaster General: "We're committed to every community we serve and our largest strategy is to improve the way we serve our customers."
According to Postmaster Donahoe, even if a community looses its post office, it will continue to have mail service, through retail outlets, libraries or government offices.
Citizens served by offices under review have 60 days to file comments and will be able to appeal any closure with the Postal Regulatory Commission. Here is a link to U.S. post offices being reviewed for closure: http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm