Summary Box: Mountain West sees unemployment jump

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:13 PM
Summary Box: Mountain West sees unemployment jump

MOUNTAIN WEST LAGS: The eight-state Mountain West region has seen the biggest increase in unemployment of any region in the country in the past year, according to a Labor Department report Friday.

SLUMP DELAYED: The Great Recession came later to the region than the rest of the country, economists say, for a variety of reasons. Its housing slump lagged trouble spots like Florida, and its agriculture and mining industries were aided early in the recession by high commodity prices.

GAP NARROWING: The region's recovery also lags. Its unemployment is below the national average of 9.6 percent, but the gap is narrowing.