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HARTFORD, Connecticut — In a story April 22 about labor in New England, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of the region's labor force in 2013 and 2014. The size of the civilian labor force in the six states grew to 7.8 million in 2014 from 7.7 million in 2013, not to 155.9 million from 155.4 million.

A corrected version of the story is below.

US: New England labor force shrank in 4 states in 2014

Federal report: Despite recession's end, labor force shrank in 4 New England states in 2014

HARTFORD, Connecticut — The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the labor force shrank in four New England states last year.

The agency announced Wednesday that five years after the end of the worst recession in decades, the labor force contracted in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It grew in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Overall, the civilian labor force in the region grew slightly, to 7.8 million from 7.7 million.

Massachusetts' labor force of 3.6 million was the largest in New England last year and Vermont's labor force of 349,000 was the smallest.

The highest unemployment rate in the region last year was in Rhode Island, at 7.7 percent, down from 9.3 percent in 2013. Unemployment was lowest in Vermont, at 4.1 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent last year.

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