By Dale Kasler
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

Californians will have to wait a while longer for that long-delayed economic recovery to fully blossom.

Economists at UCLA say the recent soft patch in the national recovery is beginning to be felt here.

“While California is still adding jobs, it is at a much more subdued pace,” senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg wrote in the latest edition of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. His report was to be released today.

Nickelsburg previously predicted that the statewide unemployment rate would fall below 10 percent in early 2013. Now he’s pushed that back to midyear.

The current unemployment rate is 11.9 percent as of April. The May statistics are scheduled for release Friday.

UCLA’s forecast for California dovetails with the national indicators. Few economists expect a “double dip” – in which the economy makes only a partial recovery and then goes into another recession. But the indicators suggest the recovery is losing some its momentum, in part because of high gasoline prices.

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