California's jobless rate will not return to single-digit levels until at least 2013, according to a UCLA Anderson Forecast that shows scant change from the outlook of three months ago.
In May, the statewide unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, one of the nation's highest.
The California unemployment rate should remain around 10.6 percent through the rest of this year, the economists said. The state's jobless rate should average 9.7 percent in 2013.
Payroll job totals in California should increase 1.6 percent in 2012 and 1.8 percent in 2013, the Anderson researchers predicted.