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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts a rapid decline of employment for postal clerks through 2018 because of technological developments, including automation and electronic sorting and canceling devices, which allow clerks to handle greater volumes of mail. However, many positions will open as workers retire or move to other occupations. Employment may be slightly better for window clerks as the USPS attempts to provide better customer service. The DOL reports that this demand may be offset by the publics' increasing use of private delivery companies and e-mail and other electronic communications technologies.