Rep. Gina Mosbrucker says new figures released by the Department of Employment Security (ESD) show 990 employers across the state are now participating in the YesVets program and 4,195 veterans have been hired since the program began Feb. 1, 2016.
Originally entitled, “One Business, One Vet,” the veterans’ hiring campaign was introduced by Mosbrucker through House Bill 2040 during the 2015 session. It was her first bill to pass the Legislature (with unanimous approval) and be signed by the governor.
“When veterans come home after serving their country, one of the most important things for them after reuniting with their families is having a job. This bill encouraged employers to hire at least one veteran. The new numbers show employers in Washington have gone far beyond that,” said Mosbrucker. “We have nearly one thousand employers participating and thousands of veterans now working in Washington under the YesVets program. It’s been an amazing success!”
Employers seeking to participate in YesVets can submit an online application or contact a Local Veterans Employment Representative to get connected with veterans seeking job opportunities. Once a business signs up and hires a veteran, they are recognized with a YesVets decal. Continued participation is recognized with annual decals.
“Having worked with Representative Mosbrucker and our ESD partners since the beginning of this great program, I’m excited to see how far we’ve come,” said Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Director Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos. “Whether they are starting their own businesses or contributing to an established workplace, veterans and their spouses are incredible assets and helping connect them to jobs or start businesses is one of the best ways that we can thank them for their service!”
The Employment Security Department, in partnership with WDVA, Department of Commerce, Washington State Military Transition Council, and local chambers of commerce across the state, form the YesVets partnership.
“Since it’s 2016 inception, YesVets’ success has been phenomenal in saying ‘Thank You’ to our state’s employers who have committed to taking advantage of an amazing pool of talent,” said Sam Mitchell, Military Base Support WorkSource Administrator for ESD. “The program’s success is also attributed to Representative Mosbrucker who sponsored it, Governor Inslee for signing the bill, and the many partners and ambassadors who have helped to promote and shape it in a way that is meaningful to employers and veterans across Washington.”
Washington state is home to more than 631,000 veterans. According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate of veterans in the Washington civilian labor force is 4.3 percent.