9. Postal service mail carriers
Unemployment rate, 2014: 0.9% (tied-eighth highest) Median annual pay, 2012: $56,490 Employment change, 2012-2022: -26.8%
Many Americans and businesses now favour email and other forms of electronic communication over snail mail — that is, delivery by the postal system. This partly explains the 26.8% projected decline in employment among mail carriers, one of the worst forecasts reviewed. Yet, less than 1% of postal workers were unemployed last year. Postal service mail carriers are clearly still largely indispensable to the transport of tangible items. It is also a major presence in the United States.
The U.S. Postal Service handles 40% of all mail globally,