A Bloom Amid New England's Gloom

Savaged by cutbacks in defense and computer manufacturing, New England's nightmare seemed as though it might never end. Since 1989, the region's six states have contributed one-third of all U.S. job losses. Its increase in business failures outstripped all other regions in both 1990 and 1991. Layoffs in those industries continue: In the coming weeks, giant Digital Equipment Corp. is expected to add nearly 10,000 to the pile of castoffs.

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