A man walk away from the Handy Street Post Office after hours Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in New Brunswick, N.J. The Handy Street facility is one of fifty retail outlets in New Jersey facing closure as the Postal Service looks to cut costs. The agency announced it is looking at more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. The post office lost $8 billion last year. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) The Associated PressODD, W.Va. (AP) — Residents in rural America are worried they may lose critical post offices in their towns after the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service said this week it was considering closing 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.For many rural residents, the post office is more than a place to send letters. It's a source of income where jobs are scarce, a place to pay the bills, and at times, a spot to socialize.The post office in the West Virginia town of Odd is among more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations that could be on the chopping block. Residents there say getting by without it would be difficult.Only six other states — Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri — have more outlets under consideration for closure.



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