The mix of the jobs has changed some­what,” said Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity economist.

Mass­a­chu­setts is in its fifth year of recovery since the Great Reces­sion. As people have begun working again, incomes have risen, house­holds have paid down debt, and home prices have increased.

But the state’s eco­nomic growth no longer out­paces the nation’s overall rate of recovery, which has been accel­er­ating in recent months. The job growth rate in Mass­a­chu­setts was 1.4 per­cent over the last three months, com­pared with 2.4 per­cent for the nation, Clayton-​​Matthews said.

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