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.”

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