As far as Dallas is concerned this spring, the job market in the software programming area seems to be doing well.
If you are strong and Senior level in .NET or Java, it should be fairly easy to find a new position. I am hearing that the Director and Management level positions are harder to come by.
Hopefully that will change in the coming months. Business Analysts + QA positions also seem to be gaining traction.
Market salaries for .NET are as follows:
Senior .NET – $95-110k
Mid-Level .NET – $75-85K
Junior .NET – $65-75K
Hourly rates – $55-65/HR on W2