By Vicki Needham - 06/03/10 10:06 PM EDT
The Midwest and East are reporting similar trends, each with 28 percent reporting hiring. The Midwest made slightly better strides — bolstered by strong manufacturing — with the hiring-firing gap reaching 9 points, while the East's gap was up 7 percentage points in May.
The manufacturing sector has been growing at a faster-than-expected rate for the past several months.
In the West, hiring improved slightly to 25 percent while firing was down to 23 percent, the best measure of the jobs market since November 2008. Manufacturing and exports are lending a hand in the West, as well as improvement in local housing conditions.