Employers are more optimistic about hiring in the first quarter of 2011 than at any time in more than two years, according to a study conducted by employment services firm Manpower. Manpower polled more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas to find the best and worst cities for jobs. Here are the cities expecting to hire the most this winter, based on their net employment outlook, which is the number of employers expecting to increase their number of employees minus the number expecting to decrease it.

No. 1 Baton Rouge, La.

Net Employment Outlook: 18%

No. 2 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

Net Employment Outlook: 15%

No. 3 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.

Net Employment Outlook: 14%

No. 4 (tie) Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.

Net Employment Outlook: 12%

No. 4 (tie) Tulsa, Okla.

Net Employment Outlook: 12%

No. 4 (tie) Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio/Pa.

Net Employment Outlook: 12%

No. 7 (tie) Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.

Net Employment Outlook: 11%

No. 7 (tie) San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.

Net Employment Outlook: 11%

No. 7 (tie) Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C./Va./Md./W.V.

Net Employment Outlook: 11%