The infor­ma­tion sector, which includes Internet, data pro­cessing, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firms, has gained 3,000 jobs from its pre­re­ces­sion peak. And pro­fes­sional and busi­ness ser­vices, which include many research, sci­en­tific, and infor­ma­tion tech­nology posi­tions, have 11,800 more jobs than before the recession.

In any economy under­going such labor market tur­moil and shifts, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity econ­o­mist Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, it is simply unre­al­istic to expect tens of thou­sands of people trained for one occu­pa­tion to sud­denly retrain for an entirely dif­ferent one.

You can’t be roofing houses one day and breaking down mol­e­cules in a lab­o­ra­tory the next,” he said. “It’s not an easy switch for people.”

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