Guess who just celebrated an anniversary? The Postal Service. Yesterday marked 245 years since Congress created the United States Post Office Department. So, it seems fitting that today is the day we wrap up our series on the value of the Postal Service. This week’s blog focuses on the economic value the Postal Service adds to our country.

While not its primary objective, the Postal Service is a large employer of middle-class workers, providing jobs to over 600,000 people across the country in every state and most local communities. In addition, a recent study by Pew found that the postal workforce is more racially and ethnically diverse than the overall U.S. labor force, with over 40 percent of the postal workforce composed of minorities. Furthermore, USPS leads as an employer of women and of veterans.

The Postal Service also boosts local and regional economies across the nation by outsourcing highway transportation. It maintains 12,500 individual transportation contracts worth about $4.2 billion.

In addition, USPS serves as a foundation for America’s small businesses. A recent paper by the OIG found that the Postal Service is the carrier of choice for microbusinesses — businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Supporting these entities benefits the country as a whole, as microbusinesses represent 75 percent of the employers nationwide.

These are just some ways the Postal Service benefits the nation’s economy — can you think of others?

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  • anon

    I have worked hard and long for a company. No raise no hazard pay am a nurse. I am not asking the govt for a bail out.

    Sep 01, 2020
  • anon

    I live in a small Texas town outside of Houston. This afternoon I drove to the post office to mail a birthday card to my grandson. I was shocked to see the outside mailbox, which gets plenty of use, wrapped tightly with clear package tape. I am 76 with bad knees but had to park and get out of my car to go inside the post office to mall my card. Out of curiosity, I drove to the other end of my small town. A mailbox that once stood midway, outside of a title company, was gone and the only other mailbox in town was also taped tightly shut. Not sure about the second box, but the one in front of the post office is frequently used. The postal SERVICE is not a business, no more than the military or library service is and has never had a goal of making a profit. It does need to provide reliable SERVICE.

    Aug 26, 2020
  • anon

    The Post Office is not supposed to have to turn a profit, same as FEMA, and the same as public schools. The USPS a service to the public, and politicians should stop playing around with cutting mail services, and keep mail service strong. Mail is vital to the courts for service of process and filing deadlines, to businesses for cost effective delivery, to the elderly and the poor as a means of tax filing and basic communication, and to libraries for interlibrary loan and the Library of Congress to operate the Library for the Blind. Tell the politicians that American voters want them to stop damaging the US Mail.

    Aug 18, 2020
  • anon

    Regarding an earlier post that we pay taxes to fund the USPS. We do not pay taxes for their operations. The USPS is an independent agency of the government and supposed to be self-sustaining...in theory. The only time taxes are involved is if the USPS goes to the government for financial help, which they do frequently. The current operation is a broken business model. Yes, it is a business, which runs on the same business fundamentals as any private sector business. If expenses are greater than revenue, you have a problem and that has been going on for the last 11 years. If you currently hold a job with a company, would they last that long? Once again, WE DO NOT PAY TAXES TO FUND THE USPS. Look it up.

    Aug 18, 2020
  • anon

    The Post Office is a PUBLIC SERVICE NOT A BUSINESS! It delivers mail to needed areas that are NOT financially profitable because it is a PUBLIC SERVICE! We pay TAXES to fund this! Stop trying to make it profitable and just make it WORK! Stop trying to use it to MANIPULATE THE VOTE and TRYING TO SELL OFF SO that COMPETITORS BENEFIT!

    Aug 17, 2020
  • anon

    The USPS is NOT funded by taxpayers, and hasn't been since 1971. It is funded by sales of postage and postal products. That being said, political interference, such as the requirement since 2006 to pre-pay all retirement expenses (something no other business is required to do), as well as the inability to set its own rates, have negatively impacted its ability to fund operations.

    Aug 17, 2020
  • anon

    All, I am extremely displeased with the actions being taken by USPS management. Confirmed reports of postal equipment being removed & dismantled as well as reductions in standards for mail delivery put me and thousands like me at risk. I rely on the mail for medications, to be able to pay my bills on time and to exercise my right to vote. These changes will impact my health, hurt my credit rating, and may invalidate my vote. Please stop destroying equipment & roll back these changes immediately. The Post Office is a symbol of freedom and legendary reliability. Please don’t abandon those principles.

    Aug 17, 2020
  • anon

    I am furious to find out that my vote is relegated to third-class status. I'm appalled to find that you are eliminating the sorting machines required to count the ballots. Everything needs to be put back the way it was on January 1st.

    Aug 17, 2020
  • anon

    I thought the Taxpayer made these type of decisions thru our representative in Congress. If we don't its taxation without representation Thanks George

    Aug 16, 2020
  • anon

    Put the letter boxes back and reinstate the post office extended hours. The workers need the hours and the people need the letterboxes. The USPS has served America and the world well, until now. I regularly marvel at the fact that you can send a standard letter to anywhere in the US for $0.45 cents. I love forever stamps. Their a great value. I'm a big fan of our delivery person and the workers down at our local office. I have neighbors in their 80s who are worried about losing our letterbox. I'm worried about folks being able to vote. I'm horrified and dissapointed and shocked and ticked off at the new Postmaster General for doing this. Again, put the letter boxes back and give the workers back their hours. And also, suck it up and do a better job. You're failing the American people, so far. Screw the politics. I think you can do better.

    Aug 15, 2020
  • anon

    USPS has repeatedly been used as a cash cow for congress, with minimal advocacy. This agency is vital to the US and should be included in the Department of Commerce.

    Aug 14, 2020
  • anon

    One way to help USPS: require online companies to give buyers a choice in their delivery provider. I've always chosen USPS, but many companies refuse to honour it. Their policies give them the right to over-ride your preference. I prefer USPS not only to support a service I believe in, but because my local delivery person always carefully puts packages at my back door, while UPS and FedEx drivers just toss them at the front door, making them vulnerable to theft. Even when I request otherwise. Can we start a movement giving consumers a shipping choice?

    Aug 07, 2020
  • anon

    I am so upset by the thinly veiled attempts by the current postmaster general to sabotage mail delivery to affect ability to vote by mail. I can't get past the kind of human being this person is, to think this is appropriate.

    Aug 03, 2020
  • anon

    It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The position is responsible the Constitution and the Congress.

    Aug 02, 2020
  • anon

    I use the USPS to send packages across the country and internationally. When family members are far from home I love to send a care package with locally purchased gifts. The postal service is easy to use and I can send packages anywhere. Greeting cards I purchase when I visit museums, art shows and local stores are sent through USPS to friends and family. I value the postal service.

    Jul 31, 2020
  • anon

    I'm writing to support the post office workers and mail carriers. Rain or shine, no matter the weather, no matter the lateness, my mail carrier delivers mail to the neighborhood. Curtailing the mail carrier's ability to perform their job hurts everyone! Focusing on the money means you lose track of the reason for the postal service, it's to deliver mail, to spread news throughout this country and beyond, no matter where someone lives. When you cut the postal service's ability to deliver mail, you risk lives, you risk delivery of medicine and checks, of the lifeline between those who are isolated by social distancing and their families and friends. Restore the PO hours, the ability of workers to do their jobs and deliver the mail. STOP focusing on the politics and serve your customers. We are loyal and we need your help, every day. I never want to hear the postal clerk say to me again, it all about the money. That's now what the postal service is about. It's about delivering the mail. A loyal customer.

    Jul 31, 2020
  • anon

    The postoffice is not losing money the CPA are working the number to show the country that the USPS needs money!!!

    Jul 29, 2020
  • anon

    Carriers keep an eye on the elderly, children, your pets and your home. I saved a woman from a fire, found 3 dead people and saved countless animals. We provide a service. USPS is not a business! Stop trying to run it like one!

    Jul 28, 2020
  • anon

    USPS provides a reliable service at a reasonable cost.

    Jul 27, 2020
  • anon

    I hope you treat your foot soldiers good because they are the backbone of the postal system. I know you need to manage cost but treat your worker good and they will work hard for you. As with everything you do have some bad apples so check with both sides before making a decision on anything the effect your workers.

    Jul 27, 2020

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