The U.S. Postal Service is facing a whole host of problems: The rise of electronic communications, a corresponding decline in lucrative mass-market "junk" mail, federal regulators who won't allow it to cut Saturday services or raise stamp prices, and Congressional opposition to making other cuts. While the independent agency confronts federal oversight, it's also planning to close thousands of locations, mostly in rural and sparsely populated suburban areas. (Watch a local report about closing Post Offices.) Here's a look at USPS cost-cutting, by the numbers:
Number of U.S. Postal Service employees
Approximate number of USPS locations
Approximate number of USPS locations currently operating at a deficit
Approximate number of branches and stations the USPS wants to close this year
USPS locations to be closed by the end of June
Number of those locations that are already out of service, in some cases due to fires and weather damage
Amount those closures would save over two years, according to USPS officials
USPS losses in fiscal 2010
Expected losses in the current fiscal year
Amount the USPS owes the U.S. Treasury
Percentage of the Postal Service's current infrastructure it plans to cut by 2020
Percentage of Americans who opposed closing USPS branches, in a March 2010 poll
Pieces of mail the USPS delivered in 2006, its peak year
Pieces of mail delivered in 2010
Pieces of mail it expects to deliver a decade from now
Percentage of Postal Service revenue generated online
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