The Public Workforce System
The public workforce system is a network of federal, state, and local organizations that supports
economic expansion in communities and develops the talent of our workforce. It includes job
training and career services funded by the federal government, which are delivered locally
at Arkansas Workforce Centers. The federal, state, and local governments have input into the programs and the services offered, along with the support of employers, educators, and community groups.
Local Workforce Development Boards
There are ten designated Local Workforce Development Areas in Arkansas, and each has a Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB). Through your LWDB, your business has access to a set of resources that can often find diverse candidates, such as youth, older workers, individuals with disabilities, and other untapped sources of workers. As a local employer, you can have considerable influence in shaping the strategic priorities and investment decisions of the workforce system by participating as a volunteer board member on your LWDB or participating in various industry-sector partnerships set up by your LWDB.
Local Workforce Development Boards are:
- Business-led and tuned into their regional business community’s skill needs
- Focused on achieving improvement through customer-centered design to solve problems for
businesses like yours
- Committed to understanding what competencies businesses need and to learning what credentials
- Evaluated by their ability to help people:
- Get hired
- Earn higher wages and stay employed
- Gain credentials
- Run by people who live and work in their local community and understand the needs of the
- Equipped to assist businesses throughout the business cycle with their workforce needs
- Able to impact a business’s bottom line
Each of the ten LWDAs has a business services coordinator. Click here to contact the business services coordinator in your area!
Recruiting & Screening
When you need the right people for the job, we can help you review resumes and assess candidates before the interview stage.
Employers are encouraged to establish Employer Accounts in the Arkansas JobLink System for the purpose of posting employment opportunities and receiving applicant self-referrals and staff-assisted referrals of qualified applicants. Employers will have access to post jobs, search resumes, and receive emails about new job hunters. Employers can receive assistance with creating their accounts, or they can establish a self-service account. Employers may enter job postings at any time after submitting the account registration, and the account has been approved.
Job Fairs & Customized Hiring Events
Meet qualified candidates at an event tailored to your company’s needs. Receive notice of upcoming job fairs and join other employers at larger recruiting events. Contact your local Workforce Center for more information.
Workforce Center Facilities
Many Arkansas Workforce Centers have meeting rooms, computer labs, and training areas that are available for businesses to reserve and use at no cost. These facilities are often used for interviewing candidates, training workers, conducting employee orientations, and holding general meetings or conferences.
Migrant/ Seasonal Farm Worker Program
Migrant farmworkers travel to Arkansas each year to help with the cultivating and harvesting of several crops in specific regions of the state. Through our Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) Program, we help farmworkers and the employers who hire them.
Labor Market Information
Learn about labor market trends and access resources for planning business expansion, relocation, future hiring, and training needs. Visit www.Discover.Arkansas.gov to explore Arkansas Labor Market Information for yourself, or contact one of our offices for additional assistance.
Local Veterans Employment Representatives work to connect veterans with employers and inform businesses of the benefits of hiring Veterans. Contact your local Workforce Center to learn about recruiting veterans.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit that encourages employers to hire workers from targeted groups. The tax credit is designed to help job hunters gain on-the-job experience, move toward economic self-sufficiency, and help reduce employers’ federal tax liability.
New Hire Registry
Federal and State law requires employers to report newly hired and re-hired employees in Arkansas to the Arkansas New Hire Reporting Center. This site will provide you with information about reporting new hires, including reporting online and other reporting options.
Unemployment Insurance Services for Employers
DWS administers Arkansas’ Unemployment Insurance program and facilitates employer compliance with the Arkansas Employment Security Law, collects unemployment insurance contributions from employers, provides unemployment insurance benefits to those eligible, and maintains management information systems for filing unemployment insurance claims and fraud detection. Employers can access Tax 21 online UI services here.
Employer Workplace Poster – How to Claim Unemployment
This poster is to display in the workplace for employees to be informed that they are covered by Arkansas Division of Workforce Services’ Law that provides Unemployment Insurance benefits for unemployed workers and, under certain conditions, for those working only part-time.