The website says they do:

Automatic updates - new commits result in new packages

But I ask because if I go M-x list-packages and hit U there are many upgrades available for packages under the "melpa" archive.

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It means that MELPA packages are up-to-date towards upstream Git repositories. You still have to upgrade them yourself or using a package like auto-package-update.

See also "Does use-package keep packages automatically updated?".

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