The United States Postal Service is facing a staffing shortage and is in need of hundreds of employees throughout the state.

Despite facing difficulties during the peak season between Black Friday and New Year’s Day, a report by EastIdahoNews shares that 11.7 billion packages and pieces of mail were accepted nationwide and maintained an average delivery time of 2.5 days.

The USPS is working to provide reliable daily mail service.

Kim Frum, a USPS spokeswoman, says the staffing shortage is not limited to Idaho but is a nationwide issue. Frum explains that employees are working overtime to meet the requirement by law to deliver every item sent through the mail.

The USPS is holding job fairs starting next week in Boise, Eagle and Meridian, and is especially in need of mail carriers, clerks and mail handlers, with starting pay ranging from $19 to $20 per hour.

Jobs are available in Idaho Falls, Firth, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Rexburg and Preston, with excellent pay, full federal benefits and the chance to work near one’s home.

Customers experiencing delayed mail are encouraged to submit missing mail search requests online, and employees and the public are asked to show patience as conditions change on a day-to-day basis.