The U.S. Postal Service’s Hiring Spree

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been on a hiring spree since the pandemic hit in mid-March. This is good news, with more than 40 million Americans looking for work. It is also another clear indication that USPS is not about to collapse before the election.

As listed below, USPS has issued 35 press releases about job opportunities since March 16, the day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued social distancing guidelines. By contrast, in the period from January 1- March 15, it issued only six such announcements.

A March 24 news release for Illinois, “It’s a Hiring Spree Postal Service Looking for Help,” says, “We are hiring hundreds of employees to work at processing facilities and Post Offices.” A May 1 announcement for the San Diego region says, “USPS needs to hire up to 500 employees immediately for the region.” This followed earlier announcements of 1,000 employees needed in the Bay Area and “hundreds” in Sacramento.

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