Job seekers like Kristen Castello told ABC11 they need results from the Raleigh Hires job fair in the Research Triangle Park.
"[I've] been unemployed for a while, just keep working temporary jobs," Castello said. "I went back to school recently for medical front office, so I'm looking for something related to medical health care field."
"My unemployment ran out July 3 after all my extensions, so I'm really feeling the heat right now," said Samera Collins.
The latest unemployment numbers show a steady decrease in the unemployment rate, which was 11.2 percent in February.
Since then, it has continued the drop from 11.1 to 10.8 and then to 9.7 this August.
"What we're seeing right now is employers are cautiously optimistic about hiring trends, and so we're seeing opportunities for flexible work forces," said Diane Johnson, regional vice president of Manpower.