U.S. Postal Service To Hire 30,000 Employees For Holiday Season

By Tonya GarciaMarketWatch Pulse

The U.S. Postal Service said it will hire 30,000 employees this holiday season, as it expects to deliver 15 billion pieces of mail and packages during that time. It expects to deliver 600 million packages between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Eve, a 10.5% increase from last year. Deliveries will also be made on Sunday's in select major cities and high-volume areas starting Nov. 29. The Postal Service has set a number of recommended deadlines for delivery in time for Christmas, including Dec. 19 for first-class mail and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express. United Parcel Service Inc. said it will hire up to 95,000 workers for the holidays. And FedEx Corp. said it will add 55,000 workers. See also: Will retailers give consumers the one thing they want most for the holidays?

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