Profile America — Monday, December 13th. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and many of us are looking anxiously at the stacks of cards and packages still to be mailed, worrying about the long lines at the post office. Last year, the peak mailing day was December 14th, while the heaviest deliveries were on the 16th. While the holiday season produces the heaviest volume, the postal service is busy all year long, delivering more than 202 billion pieces of mail. That works out to about 1-1/2 cards, letters, magazines and packages for every man, woman and child in the nation every day. To handle this astounding volume takes 765,000 employees, working out of nearly 37,000 postal facilities around the country. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB09-FF.23
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, 1090
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