Mass­a­chu­setts’ economy grew at a good clip in the first three months of the year, even as eco­nomic growth nation­ally nearly ground to halt, according to state and fed­eral eco­nomic reports released Wednesday.

The state’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.6 per­cent between Jan­uary and March, according to the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts and the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston. The national economy barely grew at all during that period, expanding at a rate of 0.1 per­cent after growing 2.6 per­cent at the end of last year, the US Com­merce Depart­ment reported.

Econ­o­mists said the national slow­down appeared tem­po­rary, blaming it on severe winter weather that shut busi­nesses, delayed con­struc­tion projects, hurt housing sales, and pinched con­sumer spending. Mass­a­chu­setts — sup­ported by its tech­nology, life sci­ences, and finan­cial ser­vices indus­tries — fared better.

The state’s unem­ploy­ment rate has fallen for the last three months, to 6.3 per­cent in March from 7.1 per­cent in December. The national average in March was 6.7 percent.

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