Aggregate economic activity in Massachusetts during the first half of the year slowed to a halt, with declines in manufacturing offset by continued expansion in the rest of the economy. The Massachusetts economy appears to be weaker than that of the nation and may even have contracted during the second quarter.
Clayton-Matthews, Alan, "Economic Currents: The State of the State Economy" (2001). Public Policy and Public Affairs Faculty Publication Series. 30.
University of Massachusetts
Published in MassBenchmarks, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 4-9: http://www.massbenchmarks.org/publications/issues/vol4i4/3.pdf.