RALEIGH – The Raleigh metro area is the sixth among the 10 hottest job markets across the US, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Raleigh’s rival, Austin, came in at No. 1.

News of the report comes as the City of Raleigh and other groups are preparing to showcase the Triangle region at the South by Southwest Festival starting this weekend in Austin.

Plus, there are more than 26,000 open high-tech jobs across the state with many of those in the Triangle. 

There’s also a big jobs fair coming on this week.

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“Wages are growing in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, but the unemployment rate–3.6% last year–was only slightly below the national average,” the report says.

The analysis relies on a variety of data gathered about the 53 metro ares with populations of more than 1 million.

Factors considered for an overall average:

  • Average unemployment in 2018
  • Labor force participation in 2018
  • Change in employment and in labor force, year-over-year for the fourth quarter of 2018
  • Change in average weekly wage in the first half of 2018 compared to 2017

Information technology job openings across NC surge nearly 40% from a year ago

The top 10:

  1. Austin
  2. San Jose
  3. Salt Lake City
  4. Boston
  5. Orlando
  6. Raleigh
  7. Nashville
  8. Seattle
  9. Denver
  10. Dallas

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Demand for high-tech workers is broad across most NC metros