RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Job openings in the Triangle surged this week, according to the most recent edition of the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report.

The exclusive WRAL TechWire Jobs Report aggregates data from 20 location-based job board searches, and last week, the total number of postings fell below 220,000 (not accounting for post duplications) for the first time since WRAL began tracking this data two years ago.

This week, the total number of postings rose by over 12,000, up to 231,248 postings. The increase breaks an eight-week streak of falling numbers.

In the tech sector, North Carolina continues to add jobs. Tech association CompTIA data shows 7,521 open spots in the state. That’s down 915 from June, but demand for talent remains.

The Triangle trend follows national data with more people working even as the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates. The U.S. created 187,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%.

Still, total postings are still down 32% compared to this time last year.

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Slow summer—but are things picking up?

I connected with Brant Wilkerson-New from the recruiting firm TimelyText—they recently celebrated 20 years of business in the Triangle, and I asked Wilkerson-New about trends in job numbers.

“Typically, business slows down a little for us in the summer, but this has been, by far, the slowest we’ve had,” Wilkerson-New, Marketing and Recruiting Lead at TimelyText, told me over email. “Fortunately, there’s a little evidence in the past two’ish weeks that we might be moving toward more activity in the fall.”

Tough market for ‘frustrated’ job seekers

Wilkerson-New shared that he’s heard “a lot of frustration” from job seekers.

“Jobs are being put on hold and eliminated midway through the interview process in some cases,” said Wilkerson-New. “I’d assume that’s some of the reason that candidates are being ghosted, either by an internal or external recruiter. I’ve tried to remind the people I’m working with that this market has been tough on everyone, whether they’ve been doing this for two or twenty years.”

‘Flood of talent’

Wilkerson-New also told me that current hiring conditions are affecting people in all industries.

“The past several months have affected people across every industry we touch on, from early-career technical writers all the way up to director-level learning leaders,” said Wilkerson-New. “I wish it were for better reasons, but I’ve never had so many proactive contacts from really great candidates.”

He says that a lot of these “really great candidates” are ready to get to work.

“Because of the layoffs and other reasons, like companies ending full remote work, there’s been a massive flood of talent into the market,” said Wilkerson-New. “I’ve probably never had a better, more diverse list of folks ready to get back to work.”

JOBS REPORT FOR WEEK OF August 7, 2023

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

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: