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2011 USPS Post Office Closure List


Lest anyone’s forgotten, today’s the day that the U.S. Postal Service kicks off its biggest campaign to close post offices since . . . the last one, which quickly flamed out two years ago.

Postmaster General Patrick Donohue released a long-awaited “post office study” of nearly 3,700 potential closings in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

“The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe said.

Postal officials developed the list based on low workload among post office employees and customer foot traffic. They also considered whether the location could be combined with other postal facilities nearby.

Currently the post office operates more than 31,000 retail outlets across the country, down from 38,000 a decade ago, but in recent years business has declined sharply as first-class mail moved to the Internet.

In fiscal year 2010, the Postal Service suffered a $8.5 billion net loss, compared to a loss of $3.8 billion the prior year. Last quarter, the U.S. Postal Service posted a loss of $2.2 billion. Its fiscal year ends in September.

In addition to closing offices, the Postal Service has sharply reduced its staff over the past several years and cut billions of dollars from its costs. It also has asked Congress to allow it to cut back delivery to five days a week and to ease the requirement for an annual $5.5 billion payment to fund future retiree health benefits.

via CNNMoney

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27 Responses to “2011 USPS Post Office Closure List”

  1. Phil Kleyn-Schoorel

    Big bummer, I run my business from the middle of nowhere, hope my local office does not shut down. Anyone know where the closure list is?

  2. Ealtbay Auction

    It is sad, but like the horse and buggy, technology will weed out inefficient technologies. The USPS is just one of those obsolete organizations. In the US we can no longer afford to carry loosing entities.Close them now, and if you are in the boonies use your imagination to come up with an alternative service for your mailing needs.

  3. Kiko Vi

    nada, none of the links work. Some have been deleted, some just broken. Has the govt ordered it taken down?

  4. Kim LaCapria

    OMG just like RL post offices! At least you didn't get to the front of the website and have someone tell you it was closing in 15 minutes and to come back tomorrow or that that page isn't in on Wednesdays.

  5. Sara Zakutney

    I'm really surprised, on the radio it said the closures would be in tiny towns (like ours) where they could merge by neighboring towns but the list looks like all city offices

  6. Kiko Vi

    The news just said there a seven listed for Clearfield, but I don't see them on that list. You'd think they could order the list by state, then county. But noooo. Not for government work.

  7. Verna Bigtimewallyfan

    I wonder what kind of affect all those closings will have on sites like Ebay and others?

  8. Jim Ca

    What a joke this outfit is. Nowhere to find their list at all. I agree with whoever said to cut it in half or more. The advertisers get to flood our mailboxes with junk mail while we're expected to keep paying higher and higher rates to do what we can do for free on the Internet.

  9. Cindy Green

    The postal delivery in my area is substandard anyway. I had to get a post office box to just get my mail. I went out of my City. So as long as I can get to my box I don't care about a decrease in days of delivery. I don't get most of my mail anyway. Usually the most important stuff is what I don't get so no loss here.

  10. Rob Maeurer

    its everywhere. they're eliminating pos in big cities too, as long as other po can absorb load (34 in nyc alone, includes many micro offices

  11. Brian Moody

    if mail carriers werent making upwards of 20 bucks on the hr they wouldn't be going broke..$10.50hr sounds sufficient.

  12. Mary L. Mayeux

    5 day work week with the post office is great–even though you get something of importance–you still are not able to do anything till Monday. Cut out Saturday and keep our postoffice open–some offices have too many workers.