Post office jobs posted in February in the United States have fallen by nearly 50% in the past year.
A recent report by The Post Office Institute said that by 2019 the post-9/11 workforce is projected to shrink by 2.6 million jobs.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to job losses across the board.
The post office has long been a key job creator for the U.S. economy, with an estimated 80% of jobs in the U,S.
being performed by the post.
The job of a postal worker has traditionally been a full-time job.
But that’s about to change.
Post Office CEO Michael Sorkin says the post is facing a major challenge as its workforce grows to nearly 8 million people.
The USPS has been struggling to find ways to attract more people into its operations, Sorki has said.
The USPS has faced many challenges since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Its employees are now required to wear face masks and other protective gear.
Its workforce has grown to more than 8 million.
In addition, the U-shaped shape of its structure has created some challenges for postal workers who have to travel long distances for work.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Sorksi told the CNBC’s Kelly McBride that his agency faces “a huge challenge” with the post Office workforce.
“Our workforce has shrunk significantly in the last decade, in fact, by half,” he said.
“The jobs we’re doing now are doing the job of delivering mail, and we need to do more with less.”
In addition, postal workers in the Postal Service are seeing their salaries decrease.
According to the Post Office’s website, a full time postmaster will make $45,000 a year, and a mail carrier will make about $21,000.
That’s compared to a $45k federal salary for a postal employee who has five years of experience.
Sorkins job outlook isn’t good.
“We’re in the midst of a transition,” he told McBride in a statement.
“This is a significant challenge and we have to find a way to sustain and improve the Postal workforce.”
Sorkins remarks come as Congress grapples with an impending budget deal that could lead to cuts to the Postal service.
The budget deal, which would include a one-time $50 billion cut to the USPS, has been pushed back to November of 2019, but the Postmaster General said he’s hopeful that Congress will pass it as part of the deal.
For now, the postmaster general has said that he has “no plans to raise prices or reduce service.”
But he did say that the USPS will look to expand its business in areas that would support job growth, such as mail forwarding and shipping, and to reduce the number of post offices in the future.