Mass­a­chu­setts lost 4,500 jobs in Jan­uary after the state last year saw the largest increase in jobs since 2000, but experts and state offi­cials said last month’s losses are not a pre­dictor of the entire year.

I don’t think that reflects any indi­ca­tion that the economy is slowing at all,” said Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “I sus­pect that this is an aber­ra­tion and things will pick up in the coming months.”

Andre Mayer, senior adviser at Asso­ci­ated Indus­tries of Mass­a­chu­setts, said in a blog post it is tough to inter­pret January’s numbers.

The reported Jan­uary job loss may signal a slow­down, but it may just as well be sta­tis­tical error from the survey or sea­sonal adjust­ment, or simply a result of bad weather.”

Clayton-​​Matthews said much of the losses could be due to sea­sonal trends.

The decline in retail trade could be due to sea­son­able fluc­tu­a­tions that occur this time of year,” he said.

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