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Visalia Employment

Employment and Industries in the Visalia, California Area

Visalia serves as the region's economic center. Visalia's economy is based on agriculture, especially grapes, olives, cotton, citrus and nursery products. The area is regarded as one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. Livestock is also a significant element of the economy.

Visalia's economy is also powered by distribution and manufacturing facilities. Electronics and paper products are a couple of significant manufacturing sectors. In addition, Visalia is home to the region's largest convention center and meeting places.

Visalia and the other cities in Tulare County offer California's Targeted Tax Area. The program's goal is to stimulate business development and job growth. Companies operating in the zone are provided with special state tax credits and streamlined local fees and approval procedures.

The primary areas of employment in Visalia are education, healthcare, government, agriculture, social assistance, manufacturing and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations provide 32% of the jobs in Visalia. About 20% of the workforce is employed by the government.

Some of the occupations more prevalent in the Visalia area when compared to most other cities are food cooking machine operators and tenders; farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; agricultural equipment operators; graders and sorters of agricultural products; first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers; agricultural inspectors and food batch makers.

Notable data about Visalia: In 2009 the average salary in Visalia was approximately $35,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 90.9 which is below the nation's average of 100. Approximately 19% of the population over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

A list of the major employers in Visalia is shown below:

  • College of the Sequoias
  • Josten's Commercial Printing
  • Kaweah Delta Health Care Dist
  • Tulare County Child Care Program
  • Tulare County Parks & Rec Dept
  • Tulare County Resource Management
  • Tulare County Sheriff
  • US Cotton Classing Office

Visalia companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The Visaliatimesdelta.com offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Visalia.

Most Popular Jobs in Visalia, California Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Elementary school teachers, except special education 2,470 $64,020 $37,230 - 91,940 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 2,310 $103,660 $45,620 - 24% 56%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,650 $64,370 $42,990 - 86,250 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 800 $68,750 $30,230 - 121,380 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 690 $60,680 $36,800 - 85,150 18% 79%
6 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 520 $86,210 $51,780 - 118,000 8% 78%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 410 $60,780 $29,070 - 94,550 13% 73%
8 Self-enrichment education teachers 340 $36,480 $17,570 - 64,960 23% 54%
9 Rehabilitation counselors 310 $33,870 $26,090 - 42,540 23% 73%
10 Sales managers 280 $92,370 $43,310 - 164,900 10% 69%
11 Social and human service assistants 280 $29,560 $19,300 - 39,040 34% 58%
12 Financial managers 260 $94,750 $55,690 - 131,510 13% 60%
13 Medical and health services managers 260 $78,800 $43,050 - 108,280 16% 57%
14 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 230 $88,160 $49,540 - 131,390 12% 51%
15 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 220 $83,220 $40,440 - 128,350 20% 87%
16 Lawyers 190 $100,770 $69,800 - 11% 99%
17 Management analysts 190 $56,830 $42,370 - 68,200 22% 78%
18 Chief executives 170 $119,820 $18,290 - 2% 65%
19 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 170 $30,140 $18,970 - 41,650 34% 73%
20 Social and community service managers 150 $61,850 $37,640 - 101,860 25% 72%
21 Instructional coordinators 130 $79,110 $38,850 - 127,070 23% 79%
22 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 130 $70,560 $48,840 - 85,530 -5% 96%
23 Training and development specialists 130 $41,900 $29,480 - 56,370 18% 56%
24 Managers, all other 120 $78,760 $43,930 - 123,990 7% 55%
25 Special education teachers, secondary school 120 $75,770 $44,040 - 120,860 9% 87%
26 Computer programmers 110 $78,980 $53,860 - 104,810 -4% 73%
27 Speech-language pathologists 110 $73,880 $45,740 - 114,660 11% 98%
28 Civil engineers 110 $73,360 $54,830 - 95,840 18% 87%
29 Network and computer systems administrators 110 $52,900 $31,950 - 82,460 27% 50%
30 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $54,410 $40,330 - 74,320 17% 56%
31 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 100 $47,800 $33,130 - 74,220 18% 56%
32 Advertising sales agents 100 $40,440 $22,240 - 64,950 20% 56%
33 Pharmacists 90 $121,650 $110,950 - 137,740 22% 97%
34 Marketing managers 90 $99,910 $37,210 - 163,370 14% 69%
35 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 90 $52,400 $32,860 - 76,660 5% 58%
36 Medical and public health social workers 90 $48,960 $37,290 - 64,490 24% 77%
37 Dentists, general 80 $170,350 $96,680 - 9% 100%
38 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 80 $95,250 $63,050 - 129,130 16% 99%
39 Computer software engineers, applications 80 $86,360 $47,260 - 140,840 45% 85%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 80 $71,510 $52,640 - 93,620 12% 51%
41 Urban and regional planners 80 $57,080 $36,660 - 84,720 15% 92%
42 Graphic designers 80 $44,760 $29,510 - 61,250 10% 55%
43 Biological technicians 80 $30,880 $23,890 - 39,440 16% 60%
44 Computer and information systems managers 70 $95,680 $52,780 - 135,660 16% 73%
45 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 70 $52,030 $35,100 - 75,540 18% 56%
46 Public relations specialists 70 $43,670 $28,190 - 62,280 18% 81%
47 Community and social service specialists, all other 70 $32,910 $23,010 - 45,690 25% 58%
48 Education administrators, all other 60 $116,860 $53,580 - 13% 78%
49 Engineering managers 60 $109,330 $77,780 - 150,400 7% 84%
50 Physical therapists 60 $76,820 $50,860 - 106,330 27% 89%
51 Veterinarians 60 $75,670 $51,400 - 101,800 35% 100%
52 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $62,380 $46,250 - 82,730 53% 57%
53 Social workers, all other 60 $38,290 $26,580 - 49,500 18% 77%
54 Education administrators, postsecondary 50 $112,640 $65,780 - 165,490 14% 78%
55 Physician assistants 50 $94,010 $64,350 - 119,640 27% 67%
56 Budget analysts 50 $59,720 $43,400 - 77,750 7% 78%
57 Librarians 50 $41,720 $22,850 - 79,350 4% 85%
58 Health educators 50 $36,450 $27,310 - 48,260 26% 58%
59 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $29,030 $21,350 - 42,900 15% 51%
60 Personal financial advisors 50 $0 $ - 41% 81%
61 Human resources managers, all other 40 $104,790 $41,190 - 156,110 11% 58%
62 Purchasing managers 40 $84,500 $54,050 - 147,690 3% 57%
63 Sales engineers 40 $82,940 $57,810 - 124,590 9% 79%
64 Operations research analysts 40 $74,840 $30,380 - 145,410 11% 71%
65 Electronics engineers, except computer 40 $72,370 $54,440 - 94,170 4% 81%
66 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $71,840 $34,690 - 160,110 25% 67%
67 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 40 $68,710 $46,420 - 100,860 15% 72%
68 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $64,120 $55,040 - 81,660 9% 72%
69 Computer systems analysts 40 $63,570 $43,720 - 89,220 29% 68%
70 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 40 $53,410 $23,350 - 101,270 24% 78%
71 Market research analysts 40 $46,370 $25,730 - 66,180 20% 82%
72 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $36,990 $26,920 - 49,200 14% 62%
73 Floral designers 40 $25,640 $17,950 - 36,540 -9% 55%
74 Credit analysts 30 $73,590 $38,580 - 116,900 2% 60%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 19,040 $18,820 $16,660 - 22,820 -3% 4%
2 Retail salespersons 4,410 $24,190 $17,020 - 35,530 12% 25%
3 Office clerks, general 3,560 $24,070 $17,540 - 32,240 13% 19%
4 Cashiers 3,380 $20,700 $16,640 - 29,110 -3% 10%
5 Teacher assistants 2,950 $26,340 $16,980 - 35,410 10% 18%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,280 $18,490 $16,670 - 20,180 18% 5%
7 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 2,090 $35,370 $24,320 - 49,900 10% 4%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,020 $23,810 $16,810 - 34,830 2% 5%
9 Food cooking machine operators and tenders 2,000 $29,190 $26,640 - 32,330 -5% 0%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,950 $22,910 $17,020 - 33,440 -8% 8%
11 Packers and packagers, hand 1,860 $19,140 $16,640 - 22,020 -12% 3%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,780 $22,960 $16,810 - 34,730 15% 4%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,600 $33,940 $21,460 - 50,210 13% 16%
14 General and operations managers 1,500 $93,740 $42,230 - 163,930 2% 48%
15 Waiters and waitresses 1,360 $18,370 $16,650 - 20,240 11% 14%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,330 $20,980 $17,210 - 25,760 18% 7%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,270 $37,570 $22,280 - 58,200 4% 25%
18 Graders and sorters, agricultural products 1,270 $18,640 $16,640 - 20,930 -2% 0%
19 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,210 $28,380 $18,590 - 39,740 1% 18%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,160 $42,790 $25,060 - 64,040 6% 29%
21 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 1,160 $23,640 $16,640 - 37,070 -5% 5%
22 Cooks, fast food 1,150 $17,800 $16,640 - 19,660 8% 5%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,120 $33,530 $20,710 - 49,160 10% 6%
24 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,010 $24,540 $17,350 - 38,310 -2% 2%
25 Food preparation workers 980 $20,050 $16,700 - 27,640 15% 7%
26 Medical secretaries 960 $25,660 $19,310 - 32,320 17% 18%
27 Customer service representatives 940 $30,160 $18,190 - 49,710 25% 22%
28 Home health aides 910 $25,440 $17,810 - 37,240 49% 7%
29 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 890 $25,240 $17,270 - 37,770 18% 6%
30 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 860 $38,250 $26,440 - 54,110 15% 18%
31 Medical assistants 840 $27,680 $20,090 - 32,690 35% 10%
32 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 830 $26,830 $18,380 - 37,740 8% 4%
33 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 790 $29,080 $18,090 - 41,670 4% 6%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 720 $25,620 $18,100 - 37,180 11% 14%
35 Food batchmakers 710 $35,810 $18,960 - 50,600 11% 5%
36 Agricultural equipment operators 710 $27,500 $18,120 - 42,030 -5% 4%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 690 $28,710 $19,230 - 43,010 0% 0%
38 Carpenters 660 $37,010 $21,370 - 52,780 10% 6%
39 Receptionists and information clerks 650 $25,030 $17,530 - 32,680 17% 13%
40 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 650 $18,930 $16,730 - 21,360 13% 5%
41 Business operations specialists, all other 630 $59,480 $29,210 - 107,250 21% 49%
42 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 620 $19,030 $16,730 - 21,090 10% 8%
43 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 610 $30,240 $19,730 - 42,160 4% 15%
44 Construction laborers 580 $37,170 $22,250 - 60,500 11% 5%
45 Tellers 570 $23,600 $18,020 - 30,780 14% 16%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 550 $34,820 $20,900 - 52,800 14% 4%
47 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 540 $55,610 $41,950 - 78,810 11% 33%
48 Counter and rental clerks 540 $21,340 $16,640 - 30,910 23% 16%
49 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 520 $43,200 $35,240 - 52,340 14% 7%
50 Cooks, restaurant 510 $21,550 $16,640 - 26,810 12% 5%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 490 $49,220 $22,240 - 75,850 -5% 15%
52 Dental assistants 490 $32,720 $23,550 - 41,610 29% 9%
53 Security guards 480 $21,190 $17,330 - 29,350 17% 13%
54 Electricians 470 $34,620 $22,500 - 51,730 7% 7%
55 Bus drivers, school 470 $28,030 $19,050 - 39,060 9% 4%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 460 $59,600 $37,160 - 84,300 9% 10%
57 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 460 $35,420 $27,650 - 42,620 -1% 22%
58 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 440 $41,290 $19,190 - 65,330 11% 4%
59 Industrial machinery mechanics 430 $40,670 $24,230 - 58,560 9% 5%
60 Helpers--production workers 430 $20,470 $16,640 - 28,420 -1% 4%
61 Dishwashers 380 $18,050 $16,690 - 19,920 10% 3%
62 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 370 $63,120 $37,430 - 93,890 16% 43%
63 All other information and record clerks 370 $26,480 $19,520 - 36,980 -13% 21%
64 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 370 $18,870 $16,710 - 21,640 14% 3%
65 Sheet metal workers 360 $25,590 $17,700 - 38,470 7% 4%
66 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 360 $20,350 $16,680 - 26,070 11% 5%
67 Child care workers 350 $20,380 $16,700 - 26,570 18% 15%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 340 $56,850 $34,030 - 82,600 7% 13%
69 Cement masons and concrete finishers 340 $41,830 $21,010 - 71,410 11% 2%
70 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 330 $40,660 $27,850 - 54,780 12% 3%
71 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 330 $36,920 $20,380 - 50,680 -7% 14%
72 Sales representatives, services, all other 310 $74,360 $28,970 - 163,120 28% 48%
73 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 310 $44,660 $30,350 - 56,510 7% 2%
74 Postal service mail carriers 310 $0 $ - 1% 11%
75 File clerks 300 $23,600 $20,370 - 28,550 -41% 20%
76 Pharmacy technicians 290 $30,860 $21,030 - 41,730 32% 16%
77 Team assemblers 290 $22,600 $16,750 - 32,710 0% 5%
78 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 280 $41,260 $26,060 - 53,370 4% 30%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 280 $40,480 $24,160 - 52,700 13% 17%
80 Property, real estate, and community association managers 270 $39,710 $18,140 - 76,010 15% 36%
81 Healthcare support workers, all other 270 $33,060 $22,400 - 43,350 16% 10%
82 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 270 $28,600 $21,160 - 38,370 5% 2%
83 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 270 $18,170 $16,650 - 19,710 12% 6%
84 Computer support specialists 260 $41,360 $29,740 - 53,350 13% 43%
85 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 250 $31,250 $18,680 - 45,120 -18% 0%
86 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 240 $32,710 $21,730 - 49,290 3% 18%
87 Bill and account collectors 240 $26,730 $18,210 - 38,830 23% 13%
88 Fire fighters 230 $42,210 $27,180 - 64,110 12% 18%
89 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 230 $18,110 $16,700 - 20,250 10% 17%
90 Cost estimators 220 $45,830 $27,730 - 71,960 19% 32%
91 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 220 $38,510 $22,130 - 61,420 11% 29%
92 Protective service workers, all other 220 $32,520 $17,810 - 51,230 13% 31%
93 Data entry keyers 220 $25,980 $18,090 - 35,200 -5% 18%
94 Amusement and recreation attendants 220 $18,640 $16,640 - 20,000 24% 22%
95 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 210 $40,080 $24,380 - 61,550 8% 9%
96 Driver/sales workers 210 $20,710 $16,640 - 32,620 -5% 4%
97 Food service managers 200 $42,960 $30,460 - 56,380 5% 24%
98 Butchers and meat cutters 200 $28,230 $17,500 - 40,640 2% 2%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 190 $51,250 $30,700 - 79,920 10% 17%
100 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 190 $43,460 $29,720 - 58,050 8% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Visalia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 29,190 2,000 84.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 18,820 19,040 81.5
Agricultural equipment operators 27,500 710 74.6
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 18,640 1,270 69.4
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 28,710 690 58.9
Agricultural inspectors 41,280 120 32.6
Farm equipment mechanics 36,170 160 15.8
Agricultural and food science technicians 35,320 110 14.7
Food batchmakers 35,810 710 9.5
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 29,020 100 7.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 23,640 1,160 3.8
Rehabilitation counselors 33,870 310 3.5
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 22,160 180 3.4
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,250 250 3.3
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 23,530 140 3.2
Protective service workers, all other 32,520 220 3.1
Maintenance workers, machinery 25,870 170 2.9
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 44,660 310 2.7
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 86,210 520 2.7
Packers and packagers, hand 19,140 1,860 2.6
Teacher assistants 26,340 2,950 2.6
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 30,140 170 2.6
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 63,120 370 2.5
Sheet metal workers 25,590 360 2.4
Cooks, fast food 17,800 1,150 2.3
Self-enrichment education teachers 36,480 340 2.2
Medical secretaries 25,660 960 2.2
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 35,420 460 2
Court, municipal, and license clerks 31,750 170 2
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70,560 130 2
Pest control workers 30,770 110 1.9
Elementary school teachers, except special education 64,020 2,470 1.9
Butchers and meat cutters 28,230 200 1.8
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 60,780 410 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 64,370 1,650 1.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,670 430 1.8
Medical assistants 27,680 840 1.8
Industrial truck and tractor operators 24,540 1,010 1.8
Cement masons and concrete finishers 41,830 340 1.8
All other information and record clerks 26,480 370 1.8
Property, real estate, and community association managers 39,710 270 1.7
Respiratory therapists 62,920 160 1.7
Dental assistants 32,720 490 1.7
Gaming dealers 21,700 110 1.7
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 24,810 100 1.7
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 40,080 210 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 40,480 280 1.6
Healthcare support workers, all other 33,060 270 1.5
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 83,090 110 1.5
File clerks 23,600 300 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Visalia, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Registered nurses 103,660 1.68 2,310
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 83,220 1.66 220
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 83,090 1.52 110
Special education teachers, secondary school 75,770 1.47 120
Sales representatives, services, all other 74,360 1.43 310
Food batchmakers 35,810 1.39 710
Instructional coordinators 79,110 1.37 130
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70,560 1.34 130
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 63,120 1.33 370
Loan officers 78,030 1.32 150
Elementary school teachers, except special education 64,020 1.29 2,470
Industrial production managers 113,010 1.28 120
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 64,370 1.26 1,650
Printing machine operators 40,520 1.24 160
Computer programmers 78,980 1.23 110
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 68,750 1.22 800
Respiratory therapists 62,920 1.22 160
Dental hygienists 76,940 1.21 110
Construction managers 101,970 1.21 110
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 36,530 1.21 150
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 88,160 1.21 230
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 29,190 1.2 2,000
Home health aides 25,440 1.2 910
Construction laborers 37,170 1.2 580
Teacher assistants 26,340 1.18 2,950
Insurance sales agents 66,400 1.18 150
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 60,780 1.18 410
Administrative services managers 85,860 1.18 160
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 44,660 1.16 310
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 55,610 1.15 540
Speech-language pathologists 73,880 1.15 110
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 39,900 1.14 160
Healthcare support workers, all other 33,060 1.13 270
Cement masons and concrete finishers 41,830 1.13 340
Cashiers 20,700 1.12 3,380
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 40,080 1.11 210
Agricultural equipment operators 27,500 1.11 710
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 38,510 1.1 220
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 36,920 1.1 330
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 58,240 1.1 110
Pharmacy technicians 30,860 1.1 290
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 43,200 1.09 520
Social and community service managers 61,850 1.08 150
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 37,530 1.08 140
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,490 1.07 2,280
Bus drivers, school 28,030 1.07 470
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 35,420 1.07 460
Legal secretaries 38,430 1.07 120
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,030 1.07 620
Farm equipment mechanics 36,170 1.06 160

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