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Postal operating losses widen in digital era

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FACT: The United States Postal Service operates the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet: 213,881 vehicles were driven 4 million miles per day in 2011 to deliver 554 million pieces of mail. But mail volume and revenue have been in decline since 2006 and the USPS, which gets no government subsidies, was on track to lose $14.1 billion in fiscal 2012. The postal service had 546,000 employees in 2011, the same staffing level it reported in 1983, and operated nearly 32,000 retail offices. At 45 cents, a first-class postage stamp remains a bargain compared to some other countries; in Denmark, equivalent postage costs $1.46.

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