The nation’s job market continues to improve, especially in Raleigh, according to the latest employment outlook survey from Manpower.

Nationally, the job outlook is bright as well with 30 percent of 16,000 firms that were surveyed saying they plan to expand their workforce.

“The July to September forecast represents one of the largest year-over-year increases in the survey history,” Manpower says. “Employers across the regions are unanimous in predicting a much healthier hiring pace than a year ago.”

Forty-seven percent of firms interviewed in Raleigh plan to add to their workforce, Manpower reports. Only three percent intend to reduce workforce.

“Raleigh area employers are more optimistic about hiring plans than in the second quarter forecast when 43 percent of the companies interviewed predicted an increase in hiring activity,” says Jeff Stocks, a spokesman for Manpower in Raleigh.

The employment outlook is bright in other parts of North Carolina as well.

Forty percent of firms in Winston-Salem plan to add workers. The percentage planning increases in Charlotte is 33 percent, in Greensboro 23 percent, and Durham 20 percent. Wilmington (32%), Asheville (23%), Fayetteville (30%) firms are also looking to hire.

Overall, in North Carolina, 30 percent of firms surveyed plan to hire workers, and 7 percent plan reductions.

Stocks says the hottest fields for hiring include construction, non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation/public utilities, wholesale/retail trade, finance/insurance/real estate, education and public administration.