Yet another post office closed today (08/19/2011) ... this time in Brant Township, Michigan:
Here's their brief news article:http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/i...e_clo_1.html
Beyond the obvious need to close underperforming post offices, I came upon this "Post Office By The Numbers" that gives a very revealing look into the size of the US Postal Service:
THE POST OFFICE BY THE NUMBERS
100,000: The number of locations the USPS has expanded to as of June 13, 2011. The expansion is due to the department renting locations inside grocery stores such as Costco, Home Depot, and various grocery and drug stores.
31,871: The number of post offices currently in existence, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
37,000: The number of retail post offices and outlets in 2008.
70,000: The number of post office locations that operate inside retail establishments such as grocery and drug stores.
$1.5 billion: The amount of the loan USPS secured from the U.S. Treasury. The agency has nearly depleted that money.
$0.44 cents: The current price of a first class postage stamp. The price of stamps was supposed to rise to $0.46 cents in 2011, but so far has not. The cost of a postage stamp in 1919 was $0.02 cents.
$3.5 billion: The amount of money the USPS lost in 2009 due to declining mail volume, according to CNN Money.
$8.5 billion: The amount of money the Postal Service lost in 2010. The Washington Post reported at the time that the USPS would run out of money by the end of 2011.
$8 billion: The amount of money USPS lost in 2011.
213 billion: The amount of mail processed in 2007.
167 billion: The amount of mail processed in 2010.
160: The number of U.S. post office locations that have closed since 2009. The initial plan was to close 1,200 locations. The USPS is not allowed to close post offices simply because they are not profitable. The Service is designed to serve the public regardless of profitability.
3,653: The number of post office locations the USPS plans to close, reports UPI. That is 11 percent of the current retail locations nationwide. Most of the locations serve small towns and rural areas. The plan is to close those offices and open other locations inside pre-existing retail locations, such as drug stores and groceries. The department calls it the Village Post Office model.
1.3 million: The number of people who visit a post office each year to mail letters and packages, purchase stamps and other mail packaging.
146 million: The number of households served by the USPS in 2008.
5,900: The household increase in the United States per day as of 2008.
212,400: The increase in the number of houses in the United States since 2008.
$150 million: The amount the USPS saves each year in energy costs due to green initiatives.
Zero: The amount of tax dollars that the USPS receives per year. The agency stopped receiving taxpayer money in 1983.