The Workforce Information Database (WID) 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 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. It 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.

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 WID is in place to facilitate effective information delivery.

The WID 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.

Information that can be accessed through the WID include:

Business Employment Dynamics

Building permits

Census data

Current employment statistics

Commuting patterns

Consumer Price Index


Employment service data including applicant characteristics


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 school programs, and program completers

Property values

Quarterly Workforce Indicators

Retail sales

Tax revenues

Unemployment insurance claims

Wage data


The WID allows for states to populate data in the following geographic classifications:



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