The seasonally adjusted Milwaukee Report on Business climbed to 52.2 in December from 45.3 in November, the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee reported Thursday.

New orders received grew to 51.5 from 50.9, production soared to 52.2 from 35.5, employment increased to 55.2 from 47.9, supplier deliveries gained to 54.2 from 50.9, and backlog of orders increased to 42.1 from 39.6.

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