Manufacturing job openings eased slightly from a record 825,000 in April to 814,000 in May but remained very elevated. With strong demand and a need to ramp up production, manufacturers must hire more workers to be able to increase capacity, pushing job postings to unprecedented levels.

These data offer an encouraging sign that manufacturers feel confident enough about economic growth over the coming months for their businesses to post new jobs. Yet, manufacturing business leaders continue to cite difficulties with attracting and retaining talent as one of their top concerns.