Secondary analysis of benefit records of the Unemployment Insurance Commission is presented as a promising method for research on unemployment problems in Canada. This analysis will be conducted on a data bank or archive using a one percent sampling of these records. The construction and use of this data bank is expected to be a joint project by government agencies and a Canadian business school. Construction of this data bank is expected to be a complex undertaking. A series of preliminary studies have proven invaluable to researchers in planning the data bank and convincing government officials of its usefulness.