Table: Data Guide

The following charts accompany each industry outlook:

SPOTLIGHT

Shows industry performance, 1998-2002

PRODUCTIVITY

Gives Economy.com's estimate of value added per worker. This "value-added" approach avoids counting the same sales twice. For example, it excludes the wholesale cost of goods sold by retailers.

EMPLOYMENT

Total number of workers.

GROWTH PROSPECTS

BusinessWeek has assigned each industry a grade, summing up the outlook for growth and profits. There is also forecast data for output and output growth, also provided by Economy.com.

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