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Thriving in a Decade of Turmoil

The last 10 years began with a national tragedy and was capped with a financial meltdown. Here's a look back and a hopeful look forward.

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Total Industry Growth

The bars on this chart reflect the total growth for each industry (2009 revenue for all companies assigned to that industry, divided by the total 2006 revenue for those companies.) The scale of the late 2000s real-estate bubble is enough to propel that industry into the top position (for another year at least.)