IT job growth slipped late last year, according to an analysis of U.S. job numbers, but they’re still trending upward.

There was a net increase of only 6,100 IT jobs added in December across four industry segments, research firm Foote Partners found in its analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number pales in comparison to the 11,300 jobs added in November and the 16,300 jobs added in October.

Foote said the December numbers were troubling, and it was the second-worst month for IT employment in the entire year. (June saw only 5,800 jobs added.) In fact, it’s less than half of the average of 12,300 IT jobs added every month in 2015.

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