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Tech job postings fall 40 percent in March

Most of the declines were in full-time positions, according to a report from tech career site

Tech job postings fell 40.4 percent in March over year ago figures, with most of the decline coming from full-time positions, according to a report released Tuesday by tech career site

Dice, which collects its figures at the start of each month, noted tech job postings fell to 54,301 in March, down from 91,080 a year earlier. The decline in job postings comes at a time when the nation's unemployment rate has worsened, reaching 8.1 percent in February.

According to the Dice report, full-time job postings dropped 44.2 percent to 35,570 in March and contract positions fell 35.6 percent to 23,545.

Job postings, on a sequential basis (or month over month) also declined further, dropping 5.3 percent during March from February.

That performance runs counter to the brief glimmer of hope job seekers may have had in February when tech job postings rose 3.1 percent sequentially.

But, by and large, postings for tech jobs have declined sequentially since August, according to Dice.