Will Idaho lead the nation's recession recovery?

Idaho could be one of five states to lead the country out of recession - not at a dead run, but more like a slow crawl.

But Idaho will likely see some tough times before things get better in 2010, said Addison Franz, an assistant economist for Moody's, a company whose analysis predicts Idaho's leadership. The Pennsylvania company provides economic analysis, data, and forecasting and credit-risk services.

"The near-term outlook is relatively bleak this year," Franz told the Idaho Statesman.

Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas and Idaho will be the first states to turn the corner, Moody's forecasts.

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