03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Brookings Institute: Mountain States Hit Hardest By Recession

The economic crisis last year hit the nation's six mountain states, including Colorado, harder than any other block of states, according to a report Monday from the Brookings Institution.

"In many mountain region locations, the sheer abruptness of the shift from hyper-growth early in the decade to a severe contraction in the last year has spawned a sense of almost existential whiplash," the report found.

The newly minted MountainMonitor, a joint effort between Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, looked at economic conditions in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

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