Massachusetts added nearly 40,000 jobs in 2011, four times the revised employment estimates reported earlier this year by federal officials, according to an analysis of newly released data by the University of Massachusetts.
The new data, a census of Massachusetts employers compiled by the US Labor Department, offers the most complete and reliable snapshot of the state’s labor markets. It showed that the state created jobs at about the same pace as the nation last year.
“I guess we’re in middle of the pack in terms of job growth,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “I wouldn’t jump for joy over the performance in 2011, but I wouldn’t be dismayed about it either.”