RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Job openings in the Triangle increased for the third week in a row, according to the most recent edition of the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report. Are we seeing a “September Surge” in the Triangle?

The “September Surge” is the new TikTok-viral name for the period between Labor Day and Halloween when job openings seem to go up.

Experts disagree about whether the trend is real, but we may be seeing a real-life example here in the Triangle.

Local recruitment expert Tricia Lucas hopes so.

Lucas, founder of the Triangle-based recruiting and consulting firm Lucas Select, told TechWire that it’s too early to tell if we’re seeing a “September Surge.” But she did say that she’s seeing more activity from applicants.

“I’m seeing more resumes for job postings, so, at least, it is telling me that candidates are getting serious about their job search now that summer is over,” Lucas told TechWire.

The exclusive WRAL TechWire Jobs Report aggregates data from 20 location-based job board searches. This week, the report shows a total of 231,353 active listings (not accounting for post duplications), a 2.2% increase from last week.

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This is the second week in a row that the total number of openings increased.

Here’s a closer look at the trend:

Openings are up—and unemployment is down

The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in seven months, down 13,000 to 216,000 for the week ending Sept. 2., the Labor Department reported Thursday.

That’s the lowest level seen since February.

Need to take advantage of the 'September Surge'? Network

In an interview with Forbes contributor Dr. Bryan Robinson, HR tech entrepreneur Brooke Skinner-Ricketts said that networking is crucial.

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“Relationship-based referrals account for 70% of all hires made by employers," said Skinner-Ricketts in the article. "Not to mention the fact that when you're networking as an employee of your current company, you're building that company's brand by being your wonderful self. Make networking an ongoing priority and make time and space for it during your workday.”

Skinner-Ricketts also called September a "golden opportunity" for job seekers.

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: