Are you an LMI Director trying to understand the WID? Here’s a short list of resources that might help.

About the Analyst Resource Center (ARC). The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides funding to states to ensure that locally held labor market information (LMI) data is maintained and stored efficiently and consistently to facilitate its effective use and sharing. States get grants to directly support their work toward this aim. But what is the standard they’re trying to achieve? Who determines what the priorities are and how to structure them? These are complex questions that have answers that evolve as the available technology and data change. The ARC is group of state managers and database administrators who do this work on a day to day basis and who come together to set standards for the database.

Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL).The Workforce Information Database is a required “core” product as detailed in the Workforce Information Grant. Every year the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sends out the Workforce Information Grant TEGL (Training and Employment Guidance Letter) to the States that lists the ETA “deliverables” or core products and services that are required of the states by ETA. In turn, the states submit a document to ETA that includes a description of how they are fulfilling their deliverables. On this page you will find links to both. Please review the latest Statement of Work listed below for Workforce Information Database deliverables. For a listing of the designated core tables, see the Core Tables page.

Newsletters. Twice a year we produce a WID newsletter and send emails with new content. Please email us to be sure you are getting the latest news!

Why a standard structure? We often get questions about the advantages of using the WID instead of an ad hoc system. This article addresses those questions.

Supported Activities. There are a number of activities that are related to our grant.  We’ve put additional documentation about them here.

State Data Visualizations.  States are using data contained in the WID in interesting ways – this is a showcase of some good examples.

Help! Click this link to be connected to someone who can answer your questions that you might have about the WID.