In case you have a package that has not arrived as it was scheduled, you are not alone.

New Hampshire is experiencing tremendous mail delays, according to WMUR.com, and  not only has volume increased, but staffing shortages are causing difficulties.

As a result, the postal service is hiring.

There has been an increase in package volume of 20% to 40% in the Nashua USPS distribution center Dana Coletti, President of the New Hampshire American Postal Workers Union tells WMUR.com.

She says: “Typically, Christmas is a 20% to 30% increase in volume. So, essentially, it’s been Christmas all year round at the plant in Nashua.

What’s fueling the demand is the pandemic.  More and more people are staying home and ordering online.  In addition to that, some took the warnings about staying home for the holidays very seriously and decided to mail Christmas presents instead of traveling.

The postal workers have been working 12 to 16 hours a day trying to keep up with demand but there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, according to the news station. The postal service can’t really hold typical job fair events, so they are considering drive-up hiring events and door-to-door recruitment mailings per the news outlet.

If you are looking for a new job for the new year, this might be your way into the postal service. The USPS is short-staffed, to begin with, because many postal workers with underlying conditions are out on leave.

So, if your packages are running late, now you know the reason, and with these postal workers working so hard let’s be nice to them and appreciate all the hard work they are doing through this pandemic.

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