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Domestic First-Class Mail Rate Now 45 Cents

Sunday, Jan. 22, marks the first day of several postal increases, including a 1-cent increase to 45 cents for first-class domestic letters and a 7-cent increase to $1.05 for international letters.

If you’ve got a book of 44-cent stamps in your desk, you’ll want to get a book of one-centers to go along with them.

After two-and-a-half years of steady prices, the cost of mailing a letter first class increases today, Jan. 22, to 45 cents.

Forever stamps purchased before the 1-cent rate hike will still be valid after the weekend. If you have leftover 44-cent stamps, you can purchase a book of 1-cent stamps to make up the difference.

Other mail rates are rising as well.

Postcard stamps will jump in price to 32 cents from 29 cents.

Mail to Mexico and Canada will cost 85 cents per stamp, up 5 cents. Other international mail will see the biggest hike: It will now cost $1.05 to send letters abroad, up from 98 cents. 

The price increase comes in the midst of significant financial troubles for the U.S. Postal Service as the volume of mail decreases.

“The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a statement. “We continue to take actions within our control to increase revenue in other ways and to aggressively cut costs.” 

The Postal Service ended its fiscal year 2011 at a $5.1 billion loss. It delivered 3 billion fewer pieces of mail in 2011 than in 2010. 

Mercer Island currently maintains two USPS locations on Mercer Island, including its in the Town Center and a in the South End .

In December, it  and move into a smaller place in Southeast Redmond. Last September, in support of legislation that could help it stay solvent. In December, new bills were introduced in the House and Senate that are intended to strengthen the agency, and according to the American Postal Workers Union, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a five-month moratorium on post office and plant closings.

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