Reports filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission show that the US Postal Service has reduced its career workforce by 22,334 employees over the last twelve months, from 595,316 down to 572,982, a reduction of 3.8%.
Ironically, the largest share of the reductions came in the letter carrier craft, the segment of the postal workforce least sensitive to volume fluctuations. (Carrier workload is affected more by the number of delivery points, which continue to increase as volume declines.) In the first quarter of the postal fiscal year, reductions in letter carrier staffing were largely offset by increased overtime.
Clerks had the next largest reduction, with 7,780 fewer employees, a drop of 4.8%. Mailhandlers were down 1,794, or 3.6%. Career rural carriers dropped by 1,038, or 1.5%. Supervisors and managers decreased by 1,015, or 3.6%. Headquarters staffing was down 91 employees, or 3.1%