Still modestly positive. That's the latest word on the Greater Grand Rapids industrial economy, according to the data collected in the last two weeks of December. New Orders, our closely watched index of business improvement, advanced to +18, up from +13. In a similar move, the Production index rose to +12, up from +7. The Employment remained positive, but retreated to +19 from +24. The percentage of respondents reporting staff increases remained at 30 percent. Since December is often a slower month, all of these numbers continue to be consistent with the slow growth we have been experiencing since our local statistics turned positive in May 2009.