RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Job postings in the area are lower than this time last year — and may stay low for the rest of this year if numbers follow previous trends.

The NC Technology Association (NC TECH) has released its monthly snapshot of available IT positions in the state, showing that October postings were down 52% compared to October 2022.

“IT job postings remained steady from the previous month, though significantly lower than 2022 levels,” said Andrea Fleming, Director of Talent and Workforce Development at NC TECH, in the press release about the snapshot. “Historically, job postings stall in the fourth quarter and rebound in the first quarter. It will be interesting to see if that pattern repeats over the coming months.”

Available IT positions in North Carolina over the past year | Source: The NC Technology Association (NC TECH)

TechWire also spoke with Rod Frankel, President of Frankel Staffing Partners, about hiring trends in the region.

“While the year-end holiday period traditionally produces a positive bump for retail sales, restaurant patronage, and other seasonal businesses, the result for the staffing industry—based on our 30 years of operations in the Triangle region—is usually a slowdown in hiring that begins the week prior to Thanksgiving,” Frankel told TechWire over email.

But Frankel said there are some hiring “bright spots” this time of year.

“This slowdown generally continues during the period from Thanksgiving through the end of the year, although some bright spots include the staffing of temporary, contract, and holiday workers,” said Frankel. “Additionally, certain companies counter this trend by making hiring decisions during December in order to get new employees onto their company rosters before the end of the calendar year.”

Looking at the Job Trends—Numbers from the Nov. 20 jobs report

The exclusive WRAL TechWire Jobs Report aggregates data from 20 location-based job board searches. This week, job openings in the Triangle fell 2.7% compared to last week, with 223,645 active listings (not accounting for post duplications).

Here’s a closer look at the trend:


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.)


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