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Industry Rank Industry 2003 - 2008 Annual Rate %
1 Mining, Crude-Oil production 16.0
2 Railroads 15.3
3 Engineering, Construction 15.1
4 Petroleum Refining 14.3
5 Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 13.9
6 Metals 13.0
7 Food Services 10.8
8 Wholesalers: Diversified 9.4
9 Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 8.1
10 Utilities: Gas and Electric 7.9
11 Aerospace and Defense 6.5
12 Energy 4.6
13 Wholesalers: Health Care 4.4
14 Food Consumer Products 4.3
15 Construction and Farm Machinery 3.8
16 Household and Personal Products 3.0
17 Pipelines 2.8
18 Electronics, Electrical Equipment 2.4
19 Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 2.2
20 Medical Products and Equipment 2.0
21 Chemicals 1.0
22 Industrial Machinery 0.6
23 Beverages 0.3
24 Pharmaceuticals -0.1
25 Packaging, Containers -1.2
26 Network and Other Communications Equipment -1.5
27 Insurance: Life, Health (stock) -1.5
28 Telecommunications -1.8
29 Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care -2.0
30 Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment -3.2
31 Specialty Retailers -3.8
32 Information Technology Services -3.9
33 Food and Drug Stores -3.9
34 Wholesalers: Electronics and Office Equipment -4.0
35 General Merchandisers -4.2
36 Securities -4.7
37 Computers, Office Equipment -6.0
38 Food Production -7.2
39 Home Equipment, Furnishings -8.1
40 Health Care: Medical Facilities -8.8
41 Diversified Financials -10.3
42 Commercial Banks -11.5
43 Motor Vehicles and Parts -15.1
44 Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components -19.1
45 Entertainment -19.3
46 Automotive Retailing, Services -20.7
Issue date: May 4, 2009
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