Business outlook improves, but labor and supply chain challenges remain for manufacturers

The headline number in the latest Marquette-ISM Report on Manufacturing for December showed the manufacturing sector continuing to grow in southeastern Wisconsin, albeit at a slower pace than in November. The Milwaukee-area PMI in the report was 55.54 for December, down from 61.96 in November. A reading above 50 indicates the manufacturing sector is growing.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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