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Post offices in Newman and Gustine will be hiring additional workers to handle the holiday package surge.

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, the Newman and Gustine Post Offices are looking to hire additional workers as online orders surge.

As preparations for the 2021 winter holidays continue, the U.S. Postal Service is currently hiring more than 40,000 seasonal positions and opportunities will soon be available at the Newman and Gustine offices. It’s the agency’s peak season for mail and package deliveries, and the already-busy period has been amplified by the pandemic.  

While e-commerce was already an expanding industry prior to COVID-19, the virus forced even more shoppers online. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, online sales in 2020 increased 32.4% from 2019 to 2020. E-commerce revenue hit $791.70 billion last year, up from $598.02 billion in 2019 and representing the highest rate of annual online sales growth for which data is available.

According to USPS communications program specialist Meiko Patton, the Newman and Gustine Post Offices will each hire one additional employee in November in order to keep up with the influx of holiday deliveries.

These positions aren’t just short-term jobs, but opportunities to make connections for long-term careers which can help make a difference in the community. Openings include but are not limited to mail carriers, mail handlers and drivers.

“Our entire organization is focused on delivering a successful holiday season. To make this happen, we need great people to join us to deliver for our local communities and our nation,” said CEO and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “The Postal Service offers many opportunities for seasonal employment. For many, a seasonal role can be the start of an exciting career with the Postal Service.”

An August survey conducted by YouGov and released on Monday shows that about six in 10 consumers (62%) will shop online this holiday season, and more than half plan to start prior to Halloween so that they can avoid any potential supply-chain disruptions. While that number is down from 71% in 2020 when many COVID shutdowns were still in place, it’s significantly higher than the amount of online shoppers in 2019 (51%).

According to Patton, USPS workers are responsible for many of those deliveries.

“One thing Americans’ have learned to value throughout the pandemic is the United States Postal Service and we are proud to be their shipper of choice,” Patton said. “We have continued to deliver vital goods and services to the public, keeping them connected and supplied.”

  In addition to hiring, the Postal Service is preparing for the higher delivery demands of the 2021 holiday peak season by leasing millions of additional square feet of mail and package sortation facilities and installing new processing equipment to accommodate higher mail and package volumes. The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.

  Job seekers can find and apply for open positions in Newman and Gustine by visiting usps.com/hiring.