As harsh as the Great Recession has been for Idaho, it would have been worse except for the resilience of the state’s Latino economy. That’s the conclusion of a study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia for the Idaho Department of Labor. “The buying power of all 1.5 million Idahoans rose fractionally from 2008 to 2009, but Hispanic buying power grew 10 times faster than the buying power of the state’s non-Hispanic majority,” the report said. “Last year was the sixth straight year Idaho Hispanics have fared better than Hispanics nationwide”/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.