Information technology job openings across North Carolina climbed 7.5 percent in December even though the year’s final month is typically a slow time for tech hiring.

So reported the North Carolina Technology Association on Wednesday.

“It’s a good sign that IT job openings are at their highest level since last summer, and have been on an upward trajectory for the past several months,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s chief executive officer.

The daily average of advertised openings fell in November after two consecutive months of growth. The December openings climbed to 4,180 compared to 3,910 a year earlier and 1,580 in December 2009 during the recession.

“The increase of available positions may indicate that employers are more optimistic than previously though and are now trying to get a head start on the new recruiting season,” NCTA reported.

The data is gathered by SkillProof, a talent management firm.

Positions most available were for systems information and support at 1,280.

The top specific skills needed were Unix and Windows Operating System, both at 620.

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