The state economy grew at a 3.5 per­cent annual rate from July through Sep­tember, according to the report. The national economy expanded at 2.8 per­cent rate during the same period, the US Com­merce Depart­ment reportedThursday.

It’s just under­lying, pent-​​up demand for housing and other things that con­sumers and busi­nesses want and need to buy, which is kind of the story of recov­eries,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity eco­nomics pro­fessor Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, one of the report’s authors.

Econ­o­mists, how­ever, expect growth to slow next quarter as a result of the 16-​​day par­tial shut­down of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment last month.

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