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Monthly index shows manufacturing growth in southeast Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The manufacturing sector kept improving in October in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. 

That's according to the monthly industrial health index from the Marquette University Center for Supply Management, and the Milwaukee chapter of the Institute for Supply Management. 

The latter group includes purchasing officers from various factories. They said the overall index was 57.1 in October, up from 55 the previous month. 

Anything above 50 indicates growth. 

New orders showed an improvement, but the factory employment picture slipped from about 62 in September to around 59.5 this month.