May 28, 2017
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Regional Economic Development
The Analyst Resource Center (ARC) provides a range of products and services to support regional economic development activities, including planning and service delivery. While the ongoing design, development, and maintenance of the Workforce Information Database is of primary concern, the ARC provides additional resources including operation of the National Crosswalk Service Center, operation of and implementation of the Employer Database Master Agreement (currently through the State of Iowa), training of state database administrators, and operation of the ARC website. If you would like more information on any of these products and services, we encourage you to contact us. Analyst Resource Center Products and Services                
    Workforce Information Database (WID)
  What is the Workforce Information Database?
  What information can I access in the WID?
  What geographies are available in the Database?
  How can I access the WID?

Analyst Resource Center Products and Services
    What is the Workforce Information Database?
    The WID serves as the cornerstone for information delivery, economic development, workforce research, and product development for information that is standard and comparable across geographic regions. The WID provides states with a common structure for storing information in a single database but at the same time offers the flexibility that best achieves local, state, and regional needs. Because of data standardization through use of the Workforce Information Database, an unprecedented ability to link the various systems, classifications, and coding schemes can be achieved. These integrated resources, provide unlimited opportunities for the delivery of customized, regional and local information to customers in useful formats. See the Workforce Information Database in Action! The database, once populated, brings together critical economic development and workforce information from many sources to promote better analysis and more sophisticated interpretation. The resulting cost savings to the workforce information system as a whole is significant because states and national entities do not have to “reinvent the wheel”. The infrastructure of the Analyst Resource Center and specifically, the Workforce Information Database is in place to facilitate effective information delivery.
    What information can I access in the WID?
    The Workforce Information Database contains standardized tables of information for each of the items listed below. Each state is required to populate their database with a core set of data as indicated. However, in order to best achieve local and regional needs, states may choose to add information even beyond those items listed. Business Employment Dynamics
Building permits
Census data
Current employment statistics *
Commuting patterns
Consumer Price Index
Employers *
Employment service data including applicant characteristics
Income *
Industry development
Industry employment projections *
Industry employment and wages *
Job vacancies
Local Area Unemployment Statistics *
Occupational licenses *
Mass Layoff Statistics
Occupational employment projections *
Population data *
Postsecondary schools, programs, and program completers
Property values
Quarterly Workforce Indicators
Retail sales
Tax revenues
Unemployment insurance claims
Wage data *
* Core data elements
    What geographies are available in the Database?
    The Workforce Information Database allows for states to populate data in the following geographic classifications: National
Metropolitan statistical areas
Workforce investment regions
Service delivery areas
Minor civil divisions
BLS regions
Broad geographic regions
Planning regions
Labor market areas
One-stop areas
Workforce development areas
Job center areas
Congressional districts
Census places
Micropolitan statistical areas
Metropolitan divisions
Combined statistical areas
Balance of state
State-defined areas
    How can I access the WID?
    Workforce Information Database in Action – This links to a listing of state data applications that are built upon the Workforce Information Database. Within these sites you can access local, regional, state and national economic, workforce, and education information.
The National Crosswalk Service Center (NCSC) functions as a clearinghouse for national, regional, state, and local data from standardized sources. NCSC provides essential support and is a vital resource on occupational and training classification systems for Federal agency and state staff.
The ARC provides customer access to a comprehensive Employer Database with information on more than 10 million businesses across the country, along with other valuable resources.
For more information on how ARC and the Workforce Information Database can support regional development, planning, and service delivery, please contact us. State LMI Webites- This links to a comprehensive directory of state workforce development and labor market information professionals who can help in finding a broad range of information and resources for economic development needs.
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