WHAT DOES ARC DO?
While the ongoing design, development, and maintenance of the Workforce Information Database is of primary concern to the Analyst Resource Center (ARC), the Center provides a range of additional products and services. These resources are designed to enhance information delivery to workforce customers in the employment, education and economic development sectors. ARC’s services also include training of state database administrators, operation of the ARC website, operation of the National Crosswalk Service Center (NCSC), and implementation of the Employer Database Master Agreement (currently through the State of Iowa).
WHAT IS THE WORKFORCE INFORMATION DATABASE?
The Workforce Information Database is a normalized relational database structure developed for the storage and maintenance of employment statistics, labor market information, employer listings and related economic and demographic data. The database development project originated from the need for a single, multi-purpose database structure to drive analytical and data display systems.
The Workforce Information Database was created to provide a “common structure” for all states to use for the delivery of labor market and workforce information. The Workforce Information Database also provides a common base for populating nationwide information applications, such as America’s Career Information Network (ACINet). The common underlying database structure allows customers across the nation to quickly and efficiently access consistent information. 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 Workforce Information Resource Center is in place to facilitate effective information delivery.
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, local information to customers in useful formats.
The Analyst Resource Center is comprised of representatives from the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Crosswalk Service Center, and representatives from 17 states: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
ARC Consortium State Representatives
WHO SUPPORTS ARC?
The ARC is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
One page overview of ARC products and services
Comprehensive report of ARC activities and objectives
History/Timeline of the Workforce Information Database
Latest ARC Workgroup Meeting Summary
ARC Meeting Summaries Archive