UKG Workforce Activity Report: As Omicron-Related Illnesses Subside, Activity Increases Across All Industries, Sectors, Geographies

March 1, 2022

UKG logo

Editor’s Note: As the leader in HCM and WFM technology consulting services, HRchitect has been working with the UKG Pro system since 2006 and workforce management systems since 2010 and is the only three-time winner of Worldwide Partner of the year. Working with hundreds of UKG clients across North America, HRchitect is widely recognized as the go-to resource and one-stop shop for all your UKG Pro, UKG Dimensions and UKG Ready needs. Our experience includes Project Management, Implementation/Activation, Process Analysis/Redesign, Training, Assessments & Optimization, Report Development, Integration, Data Migration, Change Management, Client-side activation assistance, and Ongoing Support. For the past 25 years, HRchitect has been a name you can trust for all of your organization’s HCM and WFM technology-related consulting needs.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022, LOWELL, Mass., and WESTON, Fla


National Overview: UKG Workforce Activity Report for February 2022 shows the total number of shifts worked1 by people at U.S. businesses increased 6.6%, the largest monthly increase in shift work since the spring of 2020. This growth represents a strong snapback from January’s omicron-driven 5.1% decline, which was the largest decline in workforce activity of the pandemic, excluding April 2020’s initial shutdowns. February ended with continued acceleration, and growth from December to February (1.4%) matches the growth pattern enjoyed during the same period last year.
Commentary: Dave Gilbertson, vice president, UKG
“Much of February’s growth can be attributed to a strong snapback from the weak mid-January period created by the omicron surge. Still, looking at the longer-term trend, it’s very clear that people are increasingly coming off the sidelines to rejoin the workforce. The UKG data shows acceleration through the end of February, as well as for the December-February timeframe. This is great news for businesses, which have struggled to hire for far too long. It’s also great news for everyone in the workforce in general, as more help will ease the pressure, stress, and burnout created by short staffing that many people continue to navigate on a daily basis. It will be interesting to see if higher labor-participation rates stem the Great Resignation we are watching.”
Industry Analysis: As the omicron surge subsides, all industries experienced strong growth, offsetting the steep losses experienced in January:

  • Public sector and non-profit: 11.3%
  • Services and distribution: 6.8%
  • Manufacturing: 6.5%
  • Retail, hospitality, and food service: 5.1%
  • Healthcare: 3.6%
Region Snapshot: The strong snapback created growth in all regions:

  • Northeast2: 7.8%
  • Midwest3: 6.5%
  • West4: 6.5%
  • Southeast5: 6.0%
Business Size: All business-size segments also enjoyed strong growth in January, though bigger businesses continue to outpace smaller businesses:

  • Fewer than 100 employees: 5.9%
  • 101-500: 5.9%
  • 501-1,000: 6.4%
  • 1,001-2,500: 7.9%
  • 2,501-5,000: 10.5%
  • More than 5,000: 6.2%
Timeliness: The UKG Workforce Activity Report is a high-frequency index analyzing shift work trends for 3.9 million people at 35,000 U.S. businesses to understand job creation and economic momentum.



To learn more about HRchitect and how we can help your organization with your Human Capital Management (HCM) technology needs, please request a consultation. As the leader in HCM Systems strategic consulting, we offer end-to-end HR technology consulting services focused around strategic planning, evaluation and selection, change management, implementation, project management, client-side implementation assistance, and ongoing support of HCM systems of all types including Core HR/Payroll, Workforce Management, Time & Attendance, HR Service Delivery, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Benefits, and more. Since 1997, working with over a thousand clients of all sizes and industries across the globe, our knowledge of best practices continues to expand and our experience is vast and unsurpassed. We have expertise around all major HCM systems including ADP, Ceridian, iCIMS, Kronos, Oracle, SAP SuccessFactors, Taleo, UKG, Ultimate Software, WorkForce Software, and more. For the past 25 years, HRchitect has been a name you can trust for all of your organization’s HCM technology-related consulting needs.