The Sacramento economy was among the worst performers among major U.S. metropolitan areas last year, a new report released today said.
The report was produced by consulting firm IHS Global Insight for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors - a group whose leadership includes Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
According to IHS, the Sacramento metro economy shrank by 0.3 percent in 2011, when adjusted for inflation. Among the 100 largest metro areas, only six performed worse.
At the bottom of the pile was Modesto, whose economy fell by 1.7 percent. The leader was San Jose, whose economy grew by 7.5 percent.
Johnson, in a statement released by the Conference of Mayors along with the report, said: "The quality of this nation's workforce and its economic growth is directly tied to the quality of education. We must focus on ensuring our children access to the best education possible to prepare them for the future challenges of the expanding global economy."
Johnson is second vice president of the organization. The annual meeting starts today in Orlando, Fla.
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