Special Report

Nine States Closing the Most Mail Centers

4. Pennsylvania
> No. of proposed closings: 12
> Unemployment rate: 7.6%

The USPS is closing 12 processing centers in Pennsylvania, including in Lancaster, Altoona, Erie, Greensburg, New Castle, Reading, Scranton, Washington and Williamsport, as well as its southeastern operation. Pennsylvania is the sixth-largest state in the country. However, its unemployment rate is significantly lower than the nation average.

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3. New York
> No. of proposed closings: 12
> Unemployment rate: 8.0%

New York’s postal system will see a lot of change this year. The USPS will be shuttering customer service mail processing centers in Amsterdam, Binghamton, Glens Falls and Plattsburgh. A surface transfer center in Binghamton, processing and distribution centers in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Newburgh, Flushing and Garden City, an annex in Melville, a logistics and distribution center in Bethpage, and a delivery distribution center in Monsey will also be closed. New York is the country’s third-largest state by population.

2. Georgia
> No. of proposed closings: 13
> Unemployment rate: 9.7%

The USPS plans to close 13 processing centers in Georgia this year, including centers in Acworth, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Cartersville, Columbus, Douglasville, Marietta, Savannah, Swainsboro, Valdosta and Waycross. Some processing duties will be sent outside of the state. For example, some mail processing operations of the Augusta Processing and Distribution Facility will soon be handled by the Columbia, S.C., center, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

1. California
> No. of proposed closings: 14
> Unemployment rate: 11.1%

Fourteen postal centers will be closed in California — more than any other state in the nation. California is also the most populous state by a significant margin. Centers to be closed include Bakersfield, Industry, Long Beach, Pasadena, Stockton, Petaluma and North Bay. According to USPS spokesperson Augustine Ruiz, as reported by KPBS, overnight mail will be delayed by at least a day if the delivery address is further than 90 miles from one of the remaining processing centers. Ruiz also notes that employees will be given the option to follow their jobs to the centers where the work will be moved.

-Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen

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