The Analyst Resource Center (ARC, Inc.) is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and the states to enhance labor market information delivery to workforce customers in the employment, education and economic development sectors.
The Analyst Resource Center (ARC) provides a range of additional products and services, such as:
- 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).
The Workforce Information Database
The Workforce Information Database (WIDb) 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 was created to provide a “common structure” for all states to use for the delivery of labor market and workforce information. 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 also provides a common base for populating nationwide information applications, such as America’s Career Information Network (ACINet) Toolkit. 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.