Northeastern states leading economic recovery

The New England and Mideast regions are leading the nation in growth in their gross domestic products, according to new statistics by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The 2010 GDP region-wide grew by 3.4 percent and 3.8 percent respectively, compared with 2.6 percent nationally.

The growth was not uniform, however. In New England fort example, Massachusetts and Vermont were in the top quintile nationally, Connecticut and Rhode Island in the second-highest quintile, Maine in the third quintile and New Hampshire in the bottom quintile.

The BEA’s Mideast region comprises New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania–states included with New England in the Census Bureau’s Northeastern region–plus Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.