Mass­a­chu­setts now ranks sixth in the nation in total life sci­ences employ­ment but No. 1 in industry jobs per capita, in part due to sup­port from the state, according to North­eastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

By 2012, the most recent year for which sta­tis­tics are avail­able, the state had 113,678 jobs in the industry, ranking it behind Cal­i­fornia, New York, Texas, Penn­syl­vania and New Jersey. But con­trol­ling for pop­u­la­tion size, Mass­a­chu­setts, with its smaller pop­u­la­tion, ranked first in per capita employ­ment, with 17,363 life sci­ences jobs for every 1 mil­lion people — 1.8 times as many as Cal­i­fornia and 2.3 times as many as New York, said Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, director of quan­ti­ta­tive methods at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

As of 2014, all 10 of the top 10 drug com­pa­nies in the world have set up shop in Mass­a­chu­setts,” said Barry Blue­stone, director of the Dukakis Center.

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