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The Postal Service has been a government agency since 1775 and since 1872 it has been illegal for anyone but government employees to deliver a letter Because of this and many other reasons the USPS is a prevalent example of a government-controlled monopoly The United States Postal Service is the largest postal service in the world With over 800000 employees 778171 being part-time lobbyists it is the USs largest employer In the past few years the Postal Services profits have risen and productivity has declined This essay will discuss why this is happening and look deeper into the government-controlled monster that is the Postal Service In the 1980s few scholars focused on the Postal Service and today there are many This is because of all of the controversial issues that have been discovered regarding it The USPS handles over 43 of the worlds mail volume and Japan is in second with 6 The USPS is also the largest airline shipper in the United States The USPS delivers about 102 billion pieces of first class mail every year and 20 of these letters arrive late The average household gets 24 pieces of first-class mail every week so almost 5 of these every week arrive late In New York City in 1998 only 52 of the mail were delivered on time Swimming champion Mary Meager had her parents send her the 2 gold medals that she won in the Olympics the medals vanished when her parents sent them via USPS Express Mail Why are these facts so appalling Most of it can be blamed on the unproductive postal workers Postal workers who are considered unskilled make over 35000 a year and that number keeps increasing These are very high wages for an unskilled worker The workers also waste a considerable amount of time A survey by the Postal Inspection service discovered that the average letter carrier wasted 1 hours every day Basically 23 of all postal workers
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