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Industry Rank Industry 1998 - 2008 Annual Rate %
1 Engineering, Construction 16.8
2 Mining, Crude-Oil production 16.3
3 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 12.4
4 Petroleum Refining 12.0
5 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 10.3
6 Construction and Farm Machinery 10.2
7 Wholesalers: Diversified 8.3
8 Food Services 8.2
9 Railroads 8.1
10 Metals 7.0
11 Medical Products and Equipment 6.1
12 Pipelines 5.2
13 Wholesalers: Health Care 5.1
14 Aerospace and Defense 4.4
15 Utilities: Gas and Electric 4.0
16 Food Consumer Products 3.9
17 Industrial Machinery 3.4
18 Specialty Retailers 3.0
19 Household and Personal Products 2.5
20 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 2.5
21 Chemicals 2.3
22 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 2.0
23 Energy 1.4
24 Securities 0.5
25 General Merchandisers 0.3
26 Home Equipment, Furnishings -1.1
27 Commercial Banks -1.3
28 Beverages -1.5
29 Telecommunications -2.0
30 Food and Drug Stores -2.7
31 Pharmaceuticals -2.8
32 Information Technology Services -2.9
33 Motor Vehicles and Parts -3.1
34 Network and Other Communications Equipment -3.5
35 Packaging, Containers -4.1
36 Diversified Financials -4.6
37 Food Production -4.6
38 Computers, Office Equipment -6.1
39 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components -7.5
40 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -7.8
41 Automotive Retailing, Services -8.0
42 Entertainment -13.1
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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