US Postal Service to discontinue Saturday mail delivery beginning in August

The US Postal Service announced Wednesday they will soon discontinue Saturday first-class mail delivery.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the agency will end Saturday mail service in August but will continue delivering packages six days a week.

Mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays and post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open.

The Postal Service has been struggling financially for several years, hit hard by email and Internet use, though package delivery has increased by 14-percent since 2010.

Cutting Saturday delivery is expected to save the mail service $2 billion a year.

The company has made job cuts and closed facilities around the country to combat the loss.   A mail processing plant in Tulsa is slated for closure in 2014 as part of the cost-cutting measures.

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