Sacramento's economy grew by 1 percent in 2011 but was still smaller than it was before the recession started, according to figures released today.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said the region's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, grew to $94.07 billion in 2011.
It was the second straight year of growth, but still not enough to make up for the losses suffered during the recession. Annual economic output in Sacramento peaked at $95.22 billion in 2007, according to the BEA.
Sacramento's 2011 growth of 1.02 percent trailed the national average of 1.5 percent.
The results track what most economists have been saying: that Sacramento, clobbered by the housing crash, has lagged the recovery significantly.
For 2011, the fastest-growing metro economy was Houston's, at 3.7 percent, followed by Dallas at 3.1 percent. The San Francisco-Oakland area was third, at 2.6 percent.