U.S. growth more reliant on the West


BLOOMBERG: Growth in the American economy was driven by Western states last year.

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BLOOMBERG: Growth in the American economy was driven by Western states last year.

Gross domestic product increased by 4.3 percent in the Southwest last year as mining helped Texas boost its output by 5.2 percent, giving it the second-fastest growth rate of any state. The Rocky Mountain region saw a 3.9 percent expansion as the Far West, which includes California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, grew 2.7 percent.

Oregon expanded 3.6 percent, making it the sixth fastest-growing state in the nation.

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