U.S. Postal Service: Holidays by the Numbers

MailProThe economy has hit the United States Postal Service just like everyone else.

Postal volume is down. Thousands of USPS employees are being laid off. Huge financial losses have direct mailers worried about more postage increases.

But still, from an absolute numbers standpoint, the USPS racked up some impressive stats over the 2008 holiday season.

Here are some factoids courtesy of MailPro, the publication for true mail nerds:

232 – Number of years the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering holiday cheer.

19 billion – Number of cards, letters and packages to be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

3.4 billion – Number of letters mailed over the holidays.

82 million – Average daily number of First-Class Mail cards and letters mailed.

960 million – Number of pieces of mail processed on Dec. 15, the busiest mailing day of the year.

700 million – Average number of pieces of mail processed daily.

826 million – Average number of pieces of mail processed daily during the holidays.

20 million – In pounds, the amount of mail the Postal Service will process for overseas military installations, including war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

7,400 – Number of Post Offices with expanded hours.

214,500 – Number of vehicles used to transport holiday mail, including 188,336 half-ton trucks.

2.17 billion – Number of holiday stamps the Postal Service printed this year.

130 million – Number of customers who visit the Post Office during the holidays.

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