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The drop in the actual economic contribution of the service sector beginning in Q1-2009 likely reflects recessionary effects as well as the economic impact of Hurricane Ike. In that quarter, the service sector’s contribution to the regional economy declined by 12 percent and fell 25 percent short of predictions. The service sector’s contribution has continued to decline as the economy remains stagnant.

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Graphs for the Services sector are shown below. To view other sector graphs, click on the sector name below.