Looking for a job in high-tech grew tougher last month.

High-tech job openings fell in September, declining 7 percent from August.

The grim news is contained in the North Carolina IT Job Trends Report released Wednesday by the North Carolina Technology Association, TEK Systems and SkillProof.

Average daily openings as advertised by companies fell to 4,240 in September from 4,560 a year ago. However, the total is still 270 higher than posted in July and up nearly four times from a year ago when a mere 1,260 job postings appeared on average each day.

Nationally, the IT job market actually improved 4 percent, the report notes.

Top demand for jobs was in systems engineering and support at 1,320.

Among specific skill sets, most in demand were programmers with Windows Operating Systems at 760 followed by Oracle DBMS at 670.

“Demand for all IT occupations declined,” the report said. “The loss in demand was spread evenly across occupations, most of which declined at a similar rate as the state.”

Looking ahead, the report’s authors said that demand is not likely to increase before year’s end.

IT job openings had increased for seven consecutive months, returning to pre-recession levels in August.

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