Job postings for information technology workers across North Carolina rose 4.5 percent in February compared to January, the second consecutive month-to-month increase.
However, the improvement in the IT job market paled in comparison to the 14.9 percent jump a year ago, according to a new data from the N.C. Technology Association.
"The current tepid growth may suggest that employers are cautious while federal budget cuts seem to be unavoidable," the report states. "The impact of the sequester is unknown but negative speculation may weigh on employers' minds."
The number of IT jobs in the defense sector declined last month, presumably a reaction to the federal sequester
IT job openings totaled 3,720 in February, up from 3,560 in January. Job postings last month were down by one-fourth compared to February 2012.
Nationwide, the national IT job market fell 4.5 percent in February.
The report was prepared for NCTA by SkillPROOF, which focuses on job market data and research.