Greater Sacramento's economy continued growing in 2011 but was still smaller than it was before the recession started.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday that the Sacramento region's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, grew to $94.07 billion in 2011.
That made the second straight year of economic growth in Sacramento.
Annual economic output in Sacramento peaked at $95.22 billion in 2007, according to the bureau. The recession officially began at the tail end of 2007.
For 2011, Sacramento's growth rate clocked in at 1.02 percent, trailing the national average of 1.5 percent. The growth rate in Sacramento in 2010 was 1.01 percent, also below the national average.
The results track what most economists have been saying for years: Sacramento, clobbered by the housing crash and boxed in by a sluggish government sector, has lagged the recovery significantly.
The nation's fastest-growing metro economy in 2011 was Houston, at 3.7 percent, followed by Dallas at 3.1 percent. The San Francisco-Oakland area was third at 2.6 percent.