March 25, 2024

Unemployed, Under Employed or Recently Laid Off? A Job with the Postal Service Can Deliver a Rewarding New Career

Many companies throughout the nation are reducing their workforce. In Portland, it was recently announced hundreds of hardworking and loyal employees will lose their jobs in mid-April.

But not at the Postal Service.

USPS is actively hiring for the Portland area and throughout the country. For anyone who finds themselves unemployed, under employed or recently laid off this is an opportunity to make a change for the better and apply for a job with the Postal Service.

A postal career provides employees a chance to work where they live, good pay, stability, lifelong benefits, and nearly endless career advancement opportunities throughout the entire organization.

With more than 635,000 employees, the Postal Service is one of the nation’s largest employers with ongoing attrition needs. In addition, USPS is not only America’s most trusted federal agency but also one of the largest employers of veterans in the country, and voted many times over as one of the best employers for women, BIPOC, and veterans.

Collage of USPS Best Employer awards for various years.

Starting pay varies depending on the job. But starting pay for carriers ranges between $19 and $22 per hour paid bi-weekly.

Some job positions are also available as direct career hires. As a career employee all available benefits start on the first day. Applications are accepted online at, click on “Apply Now”. Enter the keyword “Portland”, select “Oregon” from the location dropdown menu, and click start. The specific job listing will say “career job with benefits”.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and be able to pass drug screening and a criminal background investigation. Although in some instances, interested candidates can also be 16 with a high school diploma. Applicants must also be available to work weekends and holidays.

For additional information regarding available positions in all areas, applicants can go to our website at Jobs are uploaded every other Tuesday until filled, and postings are updated frequently, so check back often for additional opportunities. Potential applicants can also visit any Post Office location for more information.

Stabilizing our workforce to ensure we consistently service nearly 167 million addresses across the country is one part of the Postal Service’s 10-year Delivering for America plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence.



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