SAN JOSE (KCBS) —The U.S. Postal Service is hiring in the Bay Area.

500 new postal workers are needed, 250 of them in San Jose and the other half in the East Bay which is why the U.S. Postal Service held its first job fair in 20 years at the main post office on Lundy Ave. in San Jose Monday.

Postal Service Spokesman Gus Ruiz said despite the downsizing, letter carriers were still needed.

“More and more people are shopping online and as long as people are shopping online somebody has to deliver it because so far no one has figured out how to email a sweater,” Ruiz said.

The temporary jobs, which pay $15 an hour, could turn into permanent positions. Christina was one of the hundreds who showed up at the job fair.

“I’m currently searching for a job and someone emailed me to let me know that the post office was hiring and I was curious to see what they were hiring for and I’m trying to reach out and cover all avenues with my job search,” she said.

After being laid off from her last job after eight years, she was glad to hear that not one person has ever been laid off in the 237-year history of the postal service.

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