RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Looking at 15 different local or regional job board sites for “startup” jobs, the exclusive WRAL TechWire Jobs Report showed 7,418 openings (not accounting for duplications in postings) this week, the second lowest since WRAL TechWire began tracking this data.

TechWire spoke with Lee Gray, Associate Director of Knox St Studios, a Durham-based entrepreneurship and STEM-focused ecosystem supporter. Gray shared that she thinks people, including startup founders, are feeling the effects of today’s market.

“Today, money is tight across all of the markets, interest rates are high, and it’s hard to borrow money,” said Gray. “These factors have slowed business growth. It’s the same reason it’s hard to get a mortgage. What’s happening in the capital markets is affecting us in our homes and in our businesses. People are bearing down and waiting for the market to turn around.”

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Trends for ‘startup’ jobs in the Triangle

Starup job posting numbers (not accounting for duplications in postings) are 66.3% lower than this time last year.

Postings did tick up slightly this week, rising 5.2% compared to last week. But it’s been a low month for startup jobs; numbers fell below 8,000 for the first time at the beginning of the month and have remained in the 7K range since.

Here’s a look at the trend from the last 16 months.

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Here are the numbers from all 15 different local or regional job board sites that we review weekly for WRAL TechWire’s exclusive Jobs Report for “startup” jobs:

Check back next week for an update on the WRAL TechWire jobs report.