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By the Numbers

Compiled by Carol Thompson

The U.S. Postal Service recently made some changes to its business practices. It added free online tracking for priority mail shipments, free insurance, date-specific delivery on priority mail, and revamped its design of some packages.

500 million

The new annual revenue the Postal Service expects to generate after making changes to the service.

3.9 billion

Dollars lost by the Postal Service this year.

65.2 billion

Postal Service revenue in 2012.

68.5 billion

Postal Service revenue in 2003.

40

Percent of the world’s mail the Postal Service handles.

522,144

The Postal Service’s number of career employees.

5,600,000,000

The annual dollar amount the Postal Service pays into a fund to cover its expected healthcare costs for future retirees.

Source: The Associated Press, usps.com, PBS