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Nurturing the Future Workforce: UKG Examines Dynamic Between Gen Z and the Manufacturing Sector

LOWELL, Mass., and WESTON, Fla. | Gen Z doesn’t want just a job, but a workplace where they belong, can develop a career path, and feel valued and trusted — and many claim to have found that working in modern manufacturing. New research announced today by UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) and launched in partnership with IndustryWeek finds 92% of Gen Z talent employed within manufacturing are satisfied with their current careers.
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"Reasonably Good" September Jobs Starts Fed Taper. Is Another Dud Coming?

Reuters | A report this week from payroll management firm UKG showed shift work across a variety of industries, measured during the week when a federal jobs survey is conducted, "was effectively flat month over month" from August to September, said UKG vice president Dave Gilbertson.
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4 Ways Emerging Workplace Tech Can Ease Perceived Labor Shortage

Toolbox HR | Organizations across industries are struggling to hire workers to fill open positions, despite high levels of unemployment throughout the U.S. Many organizations have set robust hiring goals to fuel growth, restart projects that were delayed in 2020, and react to new business needs. Unfortunately, these hiring goals are often not being met.
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COVID-19 Exacerbates K-12 Technology Gaps, Staff Shortages, According to UKG Survey

LOWELL, Mass., and WESTON, Fla. | Outdated K-12 technology is costing public schools more than just time, dollars, and lost grant monies — it is costing them their people, according to industry research conducted by UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group). The study finds nearly two in three K-12 districts across the United States1 (63%) lost teachers to other school systems in the past year because employees sought a more advanced technology experience.
Media Coverage

Equity Must Be the Cornerstone of Return-To-Office Policies

Forbes | As organizations navigate the complexities of planning for the return to the office this summer and fall, many leaders know that the return to work will be anything but business as usual. Workplace conditions are continuing to change, between employees demanding more flexible ways of working and The Great Resignation impacting numerous industries. But current conversations around the return to in-person work are not terribly nuanced, often leaving out large swaths of the working population.
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Jobless Claims Fall Below 350,000, Hitting 340,000

US News | The UKG data shows the Southeast saw a 3.7% decline in workforce activity from mid-July to mid-August 2021, compared to a 0.5% increase in activity this same time in 2019. Among Southeastern states, Florida saw the biggest drop, with a 5.1% decline from mid-July to mid-August 2021 compared to a 0.5% increase in 2019.
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