BOSTON (AP) -- A new report findfs the Massachusetts economy grew at a stronger clip than the nation as a whole during the first quarter of this year.
MassBenchmarks said on Wednesday the state's gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent during the January-March period.
The U.S. Department of Commerce previously reported that the nation's gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of just 0.1 percent over the same period.
Economists for MassBenchmarks -- a journal published by the University of Massachusetts' Donahue Institute -- said the state benefited from a moderate increase in jobs and "very strong" wage and salary growth in the first quarter.
Revised fourth quarter figures also showed the state economy grew at a 4.4 percent annual rate, compared with 2.6 percent nationally.