05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Brookings Institute: Mountain States Slowest Out Of Recession

The current recovery is challenging the Mountain West's reputation for accelerating out of recessions faster than the rest of the country, according to the most recent "Mountain Monitor" from the Brookings Institute.

Employment counts in the largest metro areas in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Idaho are down 7.4 percent from their peak before the recession through the fourth quarter, according to the report.

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