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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Good news for high-tech job seekers in North Carolina: There are more jobs available.

The daily average of advertised information technology jobs across the state increased 2.1 percent in October from September, according to new data from the North Carolina Technology Association and SkillPROOF, a talent acquisition firm.

It’s the second straight the average has increased after five months of declines.

However, the October average of 3,940 is exactly 300 below the October 2010 level, indicating that the economy remains a tough one for job growth.

NCTA’s IT Jobs Trend report says the increase of 80 jobs is slight but when coupled with the 420-job jump in September to 3,860 the trend “signaled a solid fall season ahead.” However, in November, the report’s authors say “we don’t expect any large moves in the job market as employers begin to get ready for year end.”

“The Fourth Quarter tends to see a dip in hiring so it’s encouraging that the past two months have seen increased job openings,” added Brooks Raiford, chief executive officer of NCTA.

In Raleigh, IT openings increased by 6.3 percent but in Charlotte openings declined 4.1 percent.

North Carolina did buck the national trend which showed a 3 percent decline.

Top job openings in October were in systems engineering and support at 1,310.

The most in-demand skill set was Windows OS at 690.

For the full report, read here.

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