BOSTON — A company that's leading efforts to computerize health care records nationwide is promising to add 1,900 jobs in Massachusetts in an exchange for a state tax break.

The agreement with athenahealth Inc. is the biggest economic development deal reached with Massachusetts in years, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

Athenahealth already has 1,100 employees at its Watertown headquarters, where it plans to add the new jobs.

The director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, James Ermilio, said the deal is important because of the new jobs it offers and because it can anchor a key growth sector in the Massachusetts economy. The state's unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent last month.

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