RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Job openings in the Triangle hit a new low this week, according to the most recent edition of the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report. The total number of postings fell to the lowest since WRAL began tracking this data two years ago — to 241,071 postings total (not accounting for post duplications).

This is the twelfth week in 2023 that job numbers hit a new low.

But fewer job openings could be “a boon, not a bust,” writes Dara Flynn in a recent article for The Hill.

Flynn says “a cooling in openings” could be an indication of a more stable economy.

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“As the jobs market reaches equilibrium, supply and demand begin to realign, so job boards browsers won’t notice that glut of openings they might have spotted in late 2022,” wrote Flynn.

But what’s good for the economy might not be good for job seekers. Unsurprisingly, job seeker confidence fell in the second quarter of 2023, falling 3.8 points on ZipRecruiter’s Job Seeker Confidence Index, from 97.8 in Q1 to 94 in Q2, according to a new report.

“In certain industries and regions, demand for labor has cooled and supply has improved,” Julia Pollak, chief economist for ZipRecruiter, said in a statement.

These trends are leaving job seekers feeling less optimistic about the labor market outlook, less confident about their readiness for the job search process, and more concerned about the financial strain of finding a job, according to the report’s findings.

 

Here’s a look at the numbers for this week:

 

The numbers do not account for duplications in postings.

Some good news for job seekers—there are still over 2,300 openings at 50 top Triangle companies WRAL TechWire tracks weekly for hiring news. This week, 49 of those 50 companies are hiring. Follow the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report for more on the Top 50 and the startup job market numbers.

 

OTHER RESOURCES TO FIND TRIANGLE JOB POSTINGS

Below, we’ve gathered the latest upcoming job fairs, student-centric resources, and a list of Twitter accounts that track local job openings. If you’re a student looking for an internship or entry-level position at a local company or organization, your university has resources to help you get started. Quick links below:

For Johnston County job seekers: The recently launched JoCo Careers website helps job seekers find companies hiring in Johnston County. (More TechWire coverage here.)

LOOK FOR TRIANGLE JOB POSTINGS ON THESE TWITTER ACCOUNTS

Here are some locally run Twitter accounts that regularly share job openings in the Triangle: