Milwaukee-area manufacturers are more optimistic about 2024 than other businesses in the region, according to the latest Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce survey.

Seventy-one percent of surveyed manufacturers expect sales to increase this year, while 13% expect sales to fall. By comparison, 54% of non-manufacturers predict higher sales in 2024 and 3% expect sales to decline.

Also, 52% of manufacturers expect to add jobs this year, while 45% expect no change and 3% expect fewer jobs. For all other businesses, 38% expect to add jobs, 49% expect no change and 13% expect job declines, according to the survey.

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