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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick listens to a question from an employee of Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield, Mass., during a town hall meeting in this October 2010 file photo. The biggest contributors to the state's GDP growth are durable goods manufacturing and real estate.

Feature Photo Service for Yankee Candle Company / File

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4. Massachusetts – up 4.2 percent

Growth in Massachusetts was spread across several industries. Durable goods manufacturing was the biggest contributor to growth in its $342 billion GDP, adding almost 1 percentage point to the state's 4.2 percent rise. Real estate picked up, too, adding a little less than 1 percentage point to the state’s economic growth. Although Massachusetts lost about 4 percent of its jobs during the recession, it has added back about a third of those since 2009.

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