The Massachusetts economy lost steam in the first three months of this year, lagging behind the nation as a whole, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday

The state’s economy shrunk by 0.5 percent since the start of 2017, as wages and salaries of workers stalled, according to the UMass economic journal, MassBenchmarks.

Massachusetts is likely to see stronger, though not robust, growth through the rest of the year, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economics professor at Northeastern University.

“It’s temporary,” Clayton-Matthews said. “I would expect the pace to pick up.”

In Massachusetts, the last and first quarter of a year may be more volatile due to fluctuations in company bonuses, especially in sectors such as financial services, Clayton-Matthew said.

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