The Postal Service employs more than 600,000 workers nationwide, making it among the largest employers in some states.
More than 63,000 postal service employees work in California, while another 40,000 are stationed in Texas, for example.
On a per household basis, USPS employs more workers in New Jersey than any other state – about 6.9 per 1,000 households. Other states with above-average employment tallies include South Dakota (6.5 per 1,000), Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (all with about 6.4 employees per 1,000 households).
States encompassing major segments of USPS transportation and processing networks are home to more postal employees. Rural areas typically also have more postal workers per household because of the added time needed to make deliveries.
The following chart shows USPS employment for both full and part-time employees as of October 2013, with per household and per capita rates calculated using the most recent 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates:
|State||Total Employment||Employees per 1,000 Households||Employees per 1,000 Residents|
|District of Columbia||4,822||18.1||7.6|
According to the latest Labor Department data, local governments are continuing to add jobs while state government payrolls remain flat.
New figures show local, state and federal payrolls shed 29,000 jobs in January -- the steepest decline for the sector since October 2012.
Most governments didn’t shed large numbers of jobs in 2013, but they didn’t begin to ramp up hiring either.