A survey conducted by the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth found that 33 percent of state manufacturers say they're having trouble finding workers.
Additionally, 60 percent of the same companies said they expect to grow their production work force in the next two years.
The worker supply problem was particularly bad in the fabricated metals and machinery sector. The survey found nearly half of those companies are struggling to find needed employees.
The UMass survey also found:
The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 2.7 percent.
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