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Data: Indeed.com; Cartogram: Sara Wise/Axios

Even as more employers across the nation are listing COVID-19 vaccinations as an application requirement, Texas job postings are relatively mum, an Axios analysis of Indeed data has found.

Zoom in: The latest Indeed data shows that, on average, less than 1% — 0.7% to be precise — of Texas job postings sought only vaccinated employees over the week ending on Sept. 24.

  • That's one of the lowest rates in the U.S. and far below top-ranked states Washington (3.1%), Oregon (2.4%) and Arizona (2.4%).

Yes, but: The number of job postings requiring vaccination is growing. The latest Texas figures represented a 41%+ increase since Sept. 9.

Many Austin listings include COVID-19 vaccinations as a work requirement, from an Allandale family hunting for a "short-term loving nanny" to a scheduling job with a military defense contractor.

What they're saying: To protect against possible disability rights violations, Woodlands-based labor attorney April Walter recommends employers "avoid asking about vaccination status until after extending a job offer that is conditional upon showing proof of vaccination."

What to watch: The numbers will likely rise even more as companies decide whether to act ahead of the Biden administration's new rules requiring federal and many other employees to get vaccinated or be regularly tested for COVID-19.

  • The vaccination deadline is Nov. 22 for federal employees; deadlines are still being developed for companies with more than 100 employees.

Some fear the trend could also contribute to the "great resignation," Axios' Erica Pandey notes. One survey of legal and human resource officers found 69% are worried about increased turnover if and when mandates take effect.

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United Airlines: Employee deaths dropped to zero after vaccine mandate

Photo: Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images

Since United Airlines' COVID-19 vaccine mandate went into effect last summer, no employee has died, CEO Scott Kirby said in a letter to employees.

Driving the news: Kirby said that prior to the vaccine mandate, "tragically, more than one United employee on average *per week* was dying from COVID,” but "we’ve now gone eight straight weeks with zero COVID-related deaths among our vaccinated employees."

Jan 10, 2022 - Health

Arkansas governor: Big businesses shouldn't comply with vaccine mandate

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson during a COVID-19 vaccine promotion event in Mountain Home, Ark., in July last year. Photo: Liz Sanders/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said large businesses should not comply with the Biden administration's "oppressive" mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations or testing that's due to take effect Monday.

What he's saying: The Republican governor told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday the requirement "needs to be struck down" and urged Arkansas businesses with 100 or more employees affected by it to wait for the Supreme Court ruling on the matter.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America retrenches on COVID

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Social distancing and self-quarantining have spiked in recent weeks as Omicron puts the nation in a crouch like last spring before vaccines became widely available, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: 36% of vaccinated survey respondents who have tested positive for the virus or think they've had it now say they were infected after being fully vaccinated. That compares with 22% in mid-December, and just 6% last summer.