Unemployment now takes longer to process for those who refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The Seattle Times reported that as of October 2021, about 3% of state workers were out of a job or left voluntarily after the vaccination mandate deadline passed. Out of 63,000 state workers, 1,890 were no longer employed by Washington state. 1,927 workers (3%) were provided with an accommodation to work in a role that had less contact with the public who were not vaccinated, but according to the Office of Financial Management they might have been waiting for an accommodation to go through, were going through with becoming fully vaccinated, or could be retiring.
The Department of Social and Health Services was reported to have about 3% of accommodations provided, with about 313 workers, or 2%, were let go. State workers overall have been vaccinated in the mid-90% range.
More numbers reported by the Seattle Times were; 402 Washington Department of Transportation employees were on their way out including about 130 employees working in the ferries division where the total employees are about 2,000.
Thirty-eight employees at Department of Fish and Wildlife left, or 2%.
Washington State Patrol lost 6% of staff, numbering about 127 employees gone over the mandate.
The Washington state Employment Security Department reports that the weekly trend of new unemployment claims have been growing weekly since the week of July 3, 2021. There were 7,188 initial unemployment claims filed during the week of December 25, 2021. That is up 803 claims filed from the previous week of December 18th with 6,186 new claims filed.
Washington state's unemployment rate was 5.0% in October this hear, higher than the national average of 4.6%. October 3rd was the last day state, school and medical workers had to be vaccinated or be fired.
The Washington Data and Research mentions nothing about the mandates as causing the terminations of jobs in Washington state but lists other reasons such as "volatile seasonal employment patterns," the "bursting of the Dot-Com bubble in conjunction with the 9/11 recession" and "the breaking of the housing market/equities/commodities bubble."
The process for reviewing Unemployment claims due to refusing vaccines for religious or medical reasons are reportedly subjected to longer processing times of six to eight weeks. Unemployment now takes longer for those who refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The process for reviewing Unemployment claims due to refusing vaccines for religious or medical reasons are subjected to longer processing times of six to eight weeks according to the organizer of the Recall Inslee group, C Davis.
In his weekly livestream update, Davis reported that Gov. Inslee held up everyone's unemployment who was terminated from their jobs so they did not get unemployment checks. Specifically anyone who was fired for religious or medical reasons would have their claims be redirected to a review process that takes six to eight weeks for review.
Davis said, "Inslee had directed Employment security to hold up everybody's Unemployment, that is everybody who got fired" and that with most claims the Employment Security Department (ESD) responds within about three weeks.
Davis told his Facebook livestream viewers on Thursday that his group is looking into people's claims for exemptions being processed differently. He stated that putting people filing for unemployment after losing their jobs for religious or medical exemptions are being treated differently and waiting longer for their unemployment claims to be processed.
"He (Governor Inslee) singled out people who had religious exemptions, and based on the religious exemption decided to treat them differently by putting them in an eight-week queue for review" Davis said.