By BEN LEDBETTER
There is a need for workers in plenty of sectors in North Carolina, but one area has thousands of job openings.
According to a report from the North Carolina Technology Association, the state had 49,143 job openings at the end of March. That's a 38 percent increase from March 2021.
Charlotte and Raleigh had the top two numbers of jobs in the state. The Queen City, Concord and Gastonia had 16,530 while Raleigh had 15,320. Durham and Chapel Hill followed with 4,926.
The jobs are available in the information technology sector and other industries. The top 10 companies that hire technology workers include those from the banking and health insurance sectors.
It's not only the larger cities with the most technology jobs as smaller cities with military bases have also gained openings.
Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg and had 1,466 openings, a 38 percent jump since last year.
Camp Lejeune is in Jacksonville and had 390 jobs, a 78 percent jump.
Goldsboro is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and it had 286 jobs, a 1,092 percent jump from March 2021.
“We’ve noticed that Greenville, Jacksonville, places that have a large military presence have done pretty well,” N.C. Technology Association CEO Brooks Raiford said in a statement to North Carolina Public Radio. “You’ve got not just the military presence, but military families. So, spouses, people coming out of the military and into the private sector workforce.”
Of the 15 metropolitan areas tracked, only two lost jobs between March 2021 and March 2022.