High-tech job openings in North Carolina fell in June after a slight increase in May, but the state’s tech sector demand remains “stabilized,” according to the latest IT Job Trends survey.

Still, the drop of more than 7 percent in openings was higher than the national drop of 4.5 percent.

“For job seekers a slow summer is ahead,” the report’s authors concluded based on their analysis of the data and recent trends, “while things may improve slightly in the fall.”

, a talent management firm, compiles the report in partnership with the

Meanwhile, North Carolina’s overall unemployment dipped slightly in June to 11 percent from a record 11.1 percent in May, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

“While employers keep slashing jobs, the IT job market in the state has bottomed out,” Skillproof said.

Some more bade news broke Thursday when Cisco Systems disclosed that some 80 people at its RTP campus must find other jobs within Cisco or they will be laid off. One recent bright sign, however, was Dell’s decision to recall some laid-off workers at its PC assembly plant in Winston-Salem.

IT job openings fell to 1,160 from 1,250 in May despite strong increases in demand for software development (33 percent) and IT architecture and consultants (22 percent), SkillProof said.

In 2008, N.C. employers posted 3,250 IT job openings. In 2007, the number was much higher – 6,010.

SkillProof noted that the North Carolina market was much more stable than in either Virginia or South Carolina where openings fell 8.4 percent and 25.4 percent respectively.

IT job opening estimates by category in June with the June 2008 figure in parenthesis:

• Total IT openings: 1160 (3250)

• Systems engineering/support: 460 (900)

• Software development: 280 (620)

• IT architecture/consultants: 110 (540)

• Systems administration: 90 (130)

• IT management: 70 (410)

• IT sales and marketing: 60 (250)

• Business/process design: 40 (70)

• Training/tech writing: 20 (130)

• Hardware engineering: 10 (150)

• Misc. categories: 20 (60)

Top needed skills in June (June 2008 figure in parenthesis):

• Windows OS: 270 (560)

• Oracle DBMS: 200 (380)

• SQL: 190 (620)

• Java: 140 (390)

• Unix: 130 (570)

• C++/VC++: 110 (280)

• Linux: 110 (330)

• Microsoft SQL server: 100 (340)

• Business Analysis: 100 (320)

• Windows NT/2000/2003 server: 90 (90)

• HTML: 80 (100)

• XML: 80 (170)

• Large system technologies: 70 (120)

• IOS: 60 (120)

• Perl: 50 (160)