Ear­lier this year, Mass­a­chu­setts had regained all of the jobs lost in the last reces­sion, but the economy has since cre­ated jobs more slowly than expected. Employers cut jobs in five of the first eight months of 2013, state sta­tis­tics show, and the unem­ploy­ment rate has risen nearly a point since March, when it fell to 6.4 percent.

Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity eco­nomics pro­fessor who pre­pared the fore­cast, blamed the start-​​and-​​stop growth largely on fed­eral budget and tax poli­cies. The auto­matic budget cuts known as seques­tra­tion and an increase in fed­eral pay­roll taxes weighed on the economy ear­lier this year, while last month’s par­tial US gov­ern­ment shut­down is expected to slow the economy in the last few months of 2013.

Eco­nomic and employ­ment growth in the state are pro­jected to pick up next year, then accel­erate to an annual rate of nearly 2 per­cent, or roughly 70,000 jobs a year, before slowing sig­nif­i­cantly in 2016 and 2017, according to the forecast.

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