Special Report

Nine States Closing the Most Mail Centers

9. Indiana
> No. of proposed closings: 8
> Unemployment rate: 9.0%

The USPS announced it was closing eight separate processing centers in Indiana as part of its consolidation effort. Cities including Gary, Muncie, Bloomington and South Bend are on this list. According to the Indianapolis Star Tribune, the distribution center in Gary is being folded into a larger plant in another part of town, with 156 jobs set to be terminated. The plant in Bloomington currently has more than 40 employees, and it is unclear how many will lose their jobs.

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8. Illinois
> No. of proposed closings: 8
> Unemployment rate: 9.8%

Illinois will soon lose postal centers in Bloomington, Carbondale, Centralia, Quincy, Springfield and Effingham. It is not the first time the state has faced postal closures. In July 2011, a number of Illinois post offices were closed. Illinois is the fifth-largest state in the union. It also has an unemployment rate of 9.8%, significantly higher than the national average of 8.3%.

7. Texas
> No. of proposed closings: 9
> Unemployment rate: 7.8%

Nine postal centers in Texas are set to be closed over the coming months. This includes offices in Dallas, Ft. Worth and two in Waco. According to the Corpus Christi Caller/Times, 71 positions in the processing plant will be cut, while 78 positions will be added in nearby San Antonio.

6. Ohio
> No. of proposed closings: 9
> Unemployment rate: 8.1%

Ohio’s postal service operations are set to undergo major restructuring. According to the Springfield News-Sun, a processing and distribution center in Dayton will be closed, “operations in Akron, Canton and Youngstown would relocate to Cleveland … Toledo’s would be divided between Columbus and Michigan,” and “Steubenville operations are set to move to Pittsburgh, Pa.” Ohio is the seventh-largest state by population.

5. Kentucky
> No. of proposed closings: 9
> Unemployment rate: 9.1%

The closing of nine processing centers in Kentucky may make next-day delivery a thing of the past for people in the state. According to David Walton, USPS spokesmen for Kentucky, quoted in The State Journal, “Right now there’s a time frame of 1 – 3 days for delivery (of first-class mail). We’re going to be changing that to 2 – 3 days.” Processing centers in Lexington, Bowling Green, Campton, Elizabethtown, Hazard, London, Paducah and Somerset will all be shuttered at some point during 2012.

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