NC high-tech job openings drop another 6.5% in August

Posted September 15, 2011

— Information technology job openings across North Carolina fell another 6.5 percent in August, and the conclusion is not good for job seekers.

The losing streak of advertised positions has reached five months – “a clear sign that the IT economy is going into the wrong direction.”

So concludes the latest “IT Job Trends” report from the North Carolina Technology Association and two talent management firms, TEK Systems and SkillPROOF.

The bottom line: North Carolina's high-tech job sector isn't going to be giving any kind of real boost to the state's economy - at least this year.

In fact, the number of jobs available has now dropped below those of a year ago for two consecutive months. The “summer of recovery” as proclaimed by politicians a year ago has disappeared in maybe what we should call “summer of reality” in 2011.

Job openings fell to 3,440 last month, down from 3,680 in July. A year ago, IT openings stood at 4,560.

Noting that the general job market is showing no improvement either with North Carolina’s unemployment rate in double digits and the national rate at over 9 percent, NCTA said: “There are a number of signs that the general job market is weakening – and so is the IT job market.”

Job openings climbed steadily in January, February and April before the falloff began.

“This is the fifth consecutive month of decline leaving little hope for any job market expansion for the rest of the year,” the report said.

Nationally, IT job openings “turned south” as well, falling 2.2 percent, NCTA and its partners noted.

A ray of hope for job seekers is demand for IT architecture and consulting specialists where demand in North Carolina grew 1.9 percent to 530.

However, a year ago there were 900 such openings.

Compared to last month, specific skill set demands for workers in C++/V++ and Microsoft SQL Server improved. But every other skill set demand in the top 15 of most openings fell.


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  • cjw6105 Sep 15, 2011

    1.20.13----------CHANGE WE NEED

  • redapace Sep 15, 2011

    "Don't worry! The new REPUBLICAN legislators are doing their best to help out with their "jobs, jobs, jobs" campaign promise!"

    The results of the Bush tax cut extensions for the "job creators" are on display. No jobs, just an expanding deficit.

  • fmacmaster Sep 15, 2011

    Hey have no fear Obama’s here with his jobs act. All the techies will be out building roads with their own tax dollars. You asked for a change and he is giving it to you.

  • Screw WrAl Sep 15, 2011



  • Voice of Reason 23 Sep 15, 2011

    We need huge tarifs on any product sold in the US, built by foreign workers. If companies want to hire foreign workers, let them be treated as foreign companies. I'm sure enterprising Americans will be happy to create the companies here, if the other ones don't want to pay the tarifs.

  • Shelley Cooper Sep 15, 2011

    "Look at your PC's these days.

    Parts from China, korea and assembled in Mexico"

    buy the parts and build your own

  • RomneyRyan2012 Sep 15, 2011

    Let's face it it's happening here at home as well. Many Mexicans take free English classes and are getting into trades fields at Wake Tech. They come to my home and I can't understand them either. I ask for an American English speaking person to be sent when I need someone. If you are unemployed try one of these fields. There must be jobs because the trades classes are very popular amongst that population...

  • RomneyRyan2012 Sep 15, 2011

    " name is Peggy." Uh huh, yep!

  • aetius476 Sep 15, 2011

    We just farmed out our entire IT software/programming function to a group managed from the US but using programmers in the Phillapines. The company is located in the triangle and our programmers cost $17/hour versus $150/hour before.

    They do a decent job and despite more oversight and longer turnaround you, can't argue with the economics. More of this is coming, it is just a natural progression as globalization takes hold.

  • ncguy Sep 15, 2011

    All being outsourced to India

    "hello my name is bob" Bob? really LOL!

    Then they bring the programmers over on visa's

    Ah the days of Big Blue running the tech show around the world are gone-

    Look at your PC's these days.

    Parts from China, korea and assembled in Mexico

    Even are own CPU makers Intel and AMD are doing it.