In Massachusetts, home to the region's largest economy, the labor force contracted only 0.1 percent since the recession. Rena Kottcamp, director of economic research for the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, said the state has benefited from "some recovery" as data show an increase in the number of people seeking work.New Hampshire's workforce declined by fewer than 4,000 workers, or a half-percent, between 2008 and 2012. It's still a concern, said Bruce DeMay, director of the economic and labor market information bureau at the state's Employment Security office.
Shrinking Labor Force A Trend Across New England
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