The market for information technology jobs in North Carolina continued to improve modestly in May, but it remains slim pickings for job hunters, according to a new report.
There were 1,250 IT job openings posted statewide in May, up 10 percent from April, according to the monthly report by the N. C. Technology Association.
Still, the number of openings fell 63 percent from a year ago and was down 82 percent from May 2007.
The job market in North Carolina is healthier than the national picture. IT jobs nationwide fell 4.8 percent in May from the prior month.
“Since stocks tend to recover first before demand for labor picks up after a recession, the current development in the stock market is generating some optimism that jobs may begin to return later this year,” stated the report prepared for NCTA by SkillPROOF, which focuses on job market data and research.