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New data shows manufacturing sector in Milwaukee area growing

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time since March, the manufacturing economy of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois got better in June.

That’s according to the Institute for Supply Chain Management and a research center at Marquette University. An index that measures the region’s overall industrial health was at 51-point-six in June – up from almost 41 the month before.

Anything over 50 indicates growth. Anything below 50 shows that the factory economy is on the decline.

The Marquette report shows that seasonal manufacturers are on the rise, but other businesses are still lagging somewhat.

The report says buyers still hesitate to order industrial components for more than eight weeks into the future