Mass­a­chu­setts was still reeling from the bursting of the tech bubble. It was also in the midst of a decades-​​long bleeding of man­u­fac­turing jobs. Under Romney, man­u­fac­turing pay­roll employ­ment dropped more than 14 per­cent, giving the state the third-​​worst record nation­ally during that time, according to analysis by Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern University.

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