California's economic recovery is expected to accelerate late this year and into 2015. 

The latest forecast from the University of the Pacific anticipates Sacramento growth rates will be higher than the state average while lowering the region's unemployment rate to 7.3% over the next two years.

"A lot of it's related to recovery in the housing market which has been down for so long and really has been responsible for the majority of the job loss and the problems associated with this recession," said Dr. Jeff Michael.

Dr. Michael, a University Economist, continued to say the state's economic recovery is moving inland with above-average job growth also forecast for Stockton, Modesto and Merced.

A drought-related decline in farm jobs will keep Fresno from enjoying such improvement.