Chief financial officers nationwide expect an increase in hiring during the fourth quarter, and CFOs in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma are the most optimistic about adding full-time accounting and finance employees, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index.

In those states, 19 percent of CFOs expect to add workers in the fourth quarter, the survey found, while 7 percent expect staff reductions.

“West South Central firms, especially energy and manufacturing concerns, that are growing seek controllers, assistant controllers, and senior and staff accountants,” Max Messmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Robert Half, said in a news release. “Instances of top candidates receiving multiple employment offers are becoming more common in high-demand occupations.”

Robert Half is a staffing company that specializes in accounting and finance. The survey, which has been performed since 1992, is based on 1,400 telephone interviews with CFOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.