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Industry Rank Industry 2008 $
1 Petroleum Refining 4,791,455.9
2 Pipelines 3,407,303.5
3 Real Estate 2,157,517.2
4 Insurance: Life, Health (mutual) 2,071,294.0
5 Energy 1,958,309.7
6 Mining, Crude-Oil production 1,941,988.9
7 Wholesalers: Health Care 1,913,684.9
8 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment 1,361,159.9
9 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 1,211,261.7
10 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 1,082,480.0
11 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 966,403.5
12 Utilities: Gas and Electric 892,109.7
13 Securities 816,809.1
14 Diversified Financials 802,819.6
15 Wholesalers: Diversified 709,843.8
16 Metals 707,585.6
17 Automotive Retailing, Services 684,942.5
18 Chemicals 618,140.7
19 Financial Data Services 595,626.6
20 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 594,994.5
21 Internet Services and Retailing 530,036.9
22 Entertainment 526,886.2
23 Pharmaceuticals 503,160.5
24 Forest and Paper Products 488,386.3
25 Construction and Farm Machinery 474,564.7
26 Network and Other Communications Equipment 471,031.2
27 Commercial Banks 443,773.4
28 Telecommunications 409,793.2
29 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components 401,378.7
30 Food Consumer Products 395,740.7
31 Household and Personal Products 392,585.2
32 Computers, Office Equipment 368,735.2
33 Railroads 359,829.5
34 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 342,039.6
35 Airlines 340,712.9
36 Packaging, Containers 336,711.7
37 Medical Products and Equipment 324,596.8
38 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 299,440.8
39 Beverages 294,187.5
40 Aerospace and Defense 289,135.9
41 Motor Vehicles and Parts 281,714.3
42 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 271,464.6
43 Home Equipment, Furnishings 265,672.9
44 Food Production 254,203.3
45 Engineering, Construction 237,621.4
46 Industrial Machinery 236,933.5
47 Food and Drug Stores 227,369.9
48 Specialty Retailers 220,685.5
49 Information Technology Services 185,387.6
50 General Merchandisers 167,909.6
51 Health Care: Medical Facilities 166,620.5
52 Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 107,403.3
53 Food Services 58,593.0
Issue date: May 4, 2009
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California 51
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Exxon Mobil $45,220.0
Chevron $23,931.0
Microsoft $17,681.0
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