The Mass­a­chu­setts economy is expected to grow slowly before accel­er­ating in early 2014, ben­e­fiting from a boost from an unex­pected sector — man­u­fac­turing — according to an eco­nomic fore­cast released Wednesday by a group of regional economists.

Although Mass­a­chu­setts is in the midst of a slow­down in hiring, the five-​​year fore­cast by the New Eng­land Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship shows the state’s economy adding jobs at a sig­nif­i­cant pace begin­ning next year. Employers will add about 30,000 jobs this year, about 50,000 next year, and more than 70,000 in 2015, according to the forecast.

The state’s unem­ploy­ment rate, 6.4 per­cent in April, is expected to average 6 per­cent in 2015 and fall to about 5.2 per­cent by the end of 2017, the report said.

The out­look for the future is much better than it has been and that has a lot to do with restoring con­fi­dence and con­sumer demand,” said Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity eco­nomics pro­fessor and director of the New Eng­land Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, a non­profit fore­casting group of aca­d­emic and busi­ness econ­o­mists. “By 2015, we’ll be in a growth spurt phase of the recovery where people’s spending catches up to their wants. The jobs, they’ll be there and people will be willing to spend, which begets more jobs.”

The New Eng­land Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship issues fore­casts twice a year for the region and each of the six New Eng­land states. The fore­casts some­times have proven more pes­simistic than the even­tual per­for­mance of the economy, and some­times more optimistic.

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