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Amarillo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Amarillo, Texas Area

Amarillo, Texas is regarded as a regional economic center. Amarillo's major employers are a diverse group of manufacturers, central and back-office operations and distribution companies. Hospitals, educational institutions and banks are also major employers. BWXT Pantex, a nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility, is a major employer. The city is home to a Bell Helicopter Textron facility. The Amarillo area is also one of the country's largest meat packing locations.

Petroleum extraction is an important industry in Amarillo. The city also includes fiberglass production, food processing, copper refining and foundries. Some of the notable food processing companies are Tyson Foods, Affiliated Foods, Inc., Ben E. Keith and McCarty-Hull Agriculture. Tyson Foods is a major employer in Amarillo. The prominent companies in business & financial services are AIG, SITEL, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Nationwide.

The significant employment providing sectors in Amarillo, Texas are healthcare, educational services, construction, manufacturing, government, meat and meat products, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (27% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the jobs). Service occupations (19% of the labor force).

Notable information about Amarillo, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $40,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.5 (national average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or better: 21%.

The city's major employers:

  • Amarillo Independent School District
  • Tyson Foods, Inc
  • BWXT Pantex
  • Baptist St. Anthony's Health Care Systems
  • Walmart
  • City of Amarillo
  • Northwest Texas Healthcare System
  • Affiliated Foods
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • VA Medical Center, Amarillo
  • AIG
  • Xcel Energy
  • United Supermarkets
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

The city's major manufacturing companies are provided below:

  • BWXT, Pantex
  • Amarillo Gear Company
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Tech Spray, Inc
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Arden Corporation
  • Crouse Hinds, Division of Cooper Industries
  • Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
  • ASARCO Inc

Local businesses are invited to work with associations such as:

Those interested in staying current with Amarillo business activities may want to visit Amarillo.com.

Most Popular Jobs in Amarillo, Texas 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 Registered nurses 2,310 $57,490 $43,250 - 75,600 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 930 $52,740 $26,400 - 92,000 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 880 $57,100 $31,470 - 95,030 18% 79%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 830 $44,210 $35,030 - 55,770 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 790 $43,490 $35,490 - 54,090 11% 95%
6 Instructional coordinators 320 $50,090 $31,000 - 70,410 23% 79%
7 Pharmacists 280 $102,620 $88,260 - 127,420 22% 97%
8 Lawyers 270 $92,940 $53,910 - 11% 99%
9 Computer programmers 270 $75,520 $41,210 - 110,110 -4% 73%
10 Network and computer systems administrators 230 $62,610 $35,360 - 94,720 27% 50%
11 Medical and health services managers 220 $77,630 $35,730 - 128,590 16% 57%
12 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 220 $50,620 $37,830 - 64,770 13% 73%
13 Coaches and scouts 220 $47,230 $18,510 - 74,540 15% 60%
14 Financial managers 190 $104,560 $56,040 - 151,460 13% 60%
15 Public relations specialists 190 $46,140 $25,150 - 68,860 18% 81%
16 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 180 $54,500 $27,720 - 96,860 5% 58%
17 Physical therapists 170 $65,030 $42,800 - 85,640 27% 89%
18 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 170 $30,610 $21,080 - 43,860 15% 51%
19 Computer systems analysts 160 $61,810 $35,380 - 92,860 29% 68%
20 Training and development specialists 160 $47,590 $25,890 - 79,540 18% 56%
21 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 150 $47,360 $36,250 - 62,090 -5% 96%
22 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 150 $35,390 $25,390 - 52,710 30% 77%
23 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 140 $76,420 $26,470 - 25% 67%
24 Management analysts 140 $51,910 $32,670 - 73,700 22% 78%
25 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 140 $47,490 $27,850 - 64,480 12% 51%
26 Financial specialists, all other 140 $37,720 $18,260 - 66,150 12% 50%
27 Chief executives 130 $113,090 $27,800 - 2% 65%
28 Network systems and data communications analysts 130 $61,890 $37,250 - 82,930 53% 57%
29 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 130 $59,130 $23,710 - 97,040 12% 51%
30 Market research analysts 130 $48,400 $28,350 - 75,580 20% 82%
31 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $33,440 $25,450 - 48,600 19% 77%
32 Social and community service managers 120 $43,880 $27,870 - 63,800 25% 72%
33 Computer and information systems managers 110 $117,200 $63,010 - 164,630 16% 73%
34 Civil engineers 110 $75,260 $39,130 - 106,860 18% 87%
35 Financial analysts 110 $69,740 $42,930 - 99,830 34% 87%
36 Librarians 110 $46,850 $34,080 - 59,330 4% 85%
37 Graphic designers 110 $28,920 $14,540 - 41,360 10% 55%
38 Speech-language pathologists 100 $51,460 $34,790 - 73,670 11% 98%
39 Medical and public health social workers 100 $39,860 $28,150 - 58,130 24% 77%
40 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 90 $54,640 $39,140 - 75,240 16% 99%
41 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 90 $47,910 $23,230 - 84,930 18% 56%
42 Advertising sales agents 90 $33,520 $18,520 - 52,940 20% 56%
43 Teachers and instructors, all other 90 $24,120 $13,640 - 35,310 9% 54%
44 Engineers, all other 80 $107,510 $70,600 - 147,780 6% 82%
45 Sales managers 80 $83,610 $45,620 - 133,460 10% 69%
46 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 80 $75,800 $31,570 - 160,270 22% 93%
47 Database administrators 80 $63,540 $42,430 - 90,270 29% 72%
48 Producers and directors 80 $40,100 $14,410 - 79,780 11% 75%
49 Floral designers 80 $24,740 $17,790 - 32,340 -9% 55%
50 Personal financial advisors 80 $0 $ - 41% 81%
51 Computer software engineers, applications 70 $75,890 $48,810 - 106,980 45% 85%
52 Architects, except landscape and naval 70 $55,990 $14,330 - 101,020 18% 88%
53 Marketing managers 60 $110,600 $45,060 - 14% 69%
54 Engineering managers 50 $130,720 $108,250 - 164,550 7% 84%
55 Education administrators, postsecondary 50 $88,970 $37,810 - 146,420 14% 78%
56 Electrical engineers 50 $79,370 $47,220 - 109,480 6% 81%
57 Chiropractors 50 $74,690 $34,240 - 110,940 14% 98%
58 Occupational therapists 50 $63,240 $36,200 - 85,900 23% 90%
59 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $53,850 $26,590 - 81,940 25% 93%
60 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $43,290 $28,090 - 62,610 18% 56%
61 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 50 $31,290 $21,470 - 56,750 24% 78%
62 Optometrists 40 $163,010 $131,940 - 11% 100%
63 Mechanical engineers 40 $94,410 $57,880 - 131,630 4% 78%
64 Managers, all other 40 $75,030 $42,530 - 133,840 7% 55%
65 Computer software engineers, systems software 40 $71,740 $36,770 - 112,050 28% 85%
66 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $48,300 $30,670 - 63,130 9% 72%
67 Reporters and correspondents 40 $33,840 $17,890 - 76,800 1% 85%
68 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 40 $30,400 $20,700 - 47,330 34% 73%
69 Credit analysts 30 $65,110 $35,110 - 83,740 2% 60%
70 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $54,990 $28,480 - 85,640 8% 72%
71 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $54,300 $32,500 - 79,410 17% 56%

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 Retail salespersons 3,930 $23,810 $13,830 - 38,690 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,580 $15,310 $12,870 - 18,930 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 3,040 $16,460 $13,020 - 20,320 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 2,420 $20,720 $13,610 - 30,360 13% 19%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 2,390 $24,470 $14,930 - 35,060 1% 18%
6 Waiters and waitresses 2,350 $16,230 $12,770 - 23,690 11% 14%
7 Customer service representatives 1,930 $25,830 $17,320 - 37,410 25% 22%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,850 $19,210 $13,490 - 25,690 15% 4%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,690 $37,500 $22,610 - 57,780 10% 4%
10 General and operations managers 1,580 $94,020 $40,620 - 2% 48%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,560 $30,040 $19,570 - 42,100 13% 16%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,520 $20,380 $14,440 - 28,800 -8% 8%
13 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,400 $20,300 $13,920 - 26,540 18% 7%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,350 $41,980 $22,540 - 65,760 6% 29%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,310 $34,460 $21,330 - 49,070 15% 18%
16 Slaughterers and meat packers 1,310 $22,060 $19,120 - 24,980 13% 2%
17 Construction laborers 1,300 $22,570 $14,500 - 31,970 11% 5%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,140 $37,690 $22,950 - 54,370 4% 25%
19 Security guards 1,140 $33,330 $13,930 - 51,660 17% 13%
20 Teacher assistants 1,090 $17,310 $13,140 - 24,100 10% 18%
21 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,070 $20,360 $16,060 - 27,520 2% 5%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,050 $26,470 $16,000 - 40,920 11% 14%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,030 $26,040 $16,300 - 38,950 10% 6%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 910 $22,720 $14,500 - 31,200 17% 13%
25 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 900 $15,690 $12,950 - 19,290 13% 5%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 770 $26,750 $16,700 - 42,490 8% 4%
27 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 760 $34,740 $26,970 - 42,760 14% 7%
28 Cooks, restaurant 760 $20,220 $14,000 - 27,490 12% 5%
29 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 710 $20,110 $13,560 - 27,640 18% 6%
30 Home health aides 680 $15,730 $12,870 - 19,610 49% 7%
31 Driver/sales workers 640 $22,460 $13,450 - 35,820 -5% 4%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 630 $59,690 $29,050 - 105,200 -5% 15%
33 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 580 $31,820 $17,700 - 51,680 14% 4%
34 Industrial truck and tractor operators 560 $29,340 $20,450 - 47,580 -2% 2%
35 Packers and packagers, hand 540 $19,290 $13,110 - 25,410 -12% 3%
36 Tellers 520 $22,340 $17,000 - 31,060 14% 16%
37 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 520 $16,420 $12,970 - 22,400 10% 17%
38 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 470 $17,250 $13,210 - 21,030 14% 3%
39 Business operations specialists, all other 460 $70,710 $39,120 - 105,370 21% 49%
40 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 460 $23,680 $14,100 - 35,580 4% 6%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 450 $52,050 $30,360 - 80,840 7% 13%
42 Industrial machinery mechanics 440 $42,220 $26,430 - 62,570 9% 5%
43 Butchers and meat cutters 440 $22,930 $20,220 - 27,340 2% 2%
44 Preschool teachers, except special education 440 $20,560 $14,780 - 25,270 26% 43%
45 Counter and rental clerks 440 $20,370 $14,350 - 27,260 23% 16%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 430 $50,120 $29,160 - 79,070 9% 10%
47 Order clerks 430 $25,480 $19,430 - 32,460 -24% 16%
48 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 430 $18,650 $13,950 - 23,180 11% 5%
49 Electricians 420 $42,960 $29,230 - 58,840 7% 7%
50 Data entry keyers 410 $24,870 $19,210 - 32,240 -5% 18%
51 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 380 $40,330 $26,930 - 52,240 9% 3%
52 Carpenters 380 $29,960 $21,820 - 41,450 10% 6%
53 Pharmacy technicians 380 $27,820 $21,340 - 36,300 32% 16%
54 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 350 $16,970 $13,140 - 21,600 10% 5%
55 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 340 $31,370 $20,600 - 49,210 8% 3%
56 Sales representatives, services, all other 330 $47,500 $20,190 - 94,000 28% 48%
57 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 330 $38,550 $21,980 - 61,710 5% 8%
58 Bill and account collectors 330 $28,190 $17,230 - 42,400 23% 13%
59 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 310 $15,460 $12,840 - 19,770 12% 6%
60 Team assemblers 290 $37,660 $15,150 - 65,100 0% 5%
61 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 290 $26,750 $21,190 - 33,450 4% 15%
62 Computer support specialists 280 $41,240 $25,960 - 59,630 13% 43%
63 Dishwashers 280 $15,680 $12,900 - 19,820 10% 3%
64 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 270 $38,660 $27,290 - 51,370 12% 3%
65 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 270 $30,790 $18,350 - 55,090 5% 2%
66 Postal service mail carriers 270 $0 $ - 1% 11%
67 Parts salespersons 250 $29,110 $18,390 - 40,440 -2% 6%
68 Insurance sales agents 240 $56,540 $22,760 - 103,780 13% 45%
69 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 240 $38,260 $22,290 - 54,030 11% 4%
70 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 240 $29,170 $21,570 - 39,610 -1% 22%
71 Painters, construction and maintenance 240 $28,860 $22,230 - 37,100 12% 6%
72 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 240 $17,320 $13,590 - 20,580 17% 14%
73 Administrative services managers 230 $88,470 $41,030 - 136,020 12% 40%
74 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 230 $36,460 $22,080 - 54,820 12% 3%
75 Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 230 $21,590 $13,880 - 33,820 -11% 13%
76 Paralegals and legal assistants 220 $39,790 $26,160 - 60,780 22% 45%
77 Medical secretaries 220 $27,410 $17,440 - 39,710 17% 18%
78 Bartenders 220 $17,110 $12,830 - 28,380 11% 17%
79 Radiologic technologists and technicians 210 $47,060 $34,300 - 62,800 15% 25%
80 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 210 $39,690 $16,560 - 64,170 -7% 14%
81 Dental assistants 210 $30,520 $20,790 - 40,540 29% 9%
82 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 210 $22,420 $18,670 - 25,320 -5% 5%
83 Machinists 200 $43,220 $26,050 - 63,830 -3% 3%
84 Cement masons and concrete finishers 200 $31,740 $25,990 - 42,370 11% 2%
85 Loan officers 190 $73,220 $29,880 - 148,400 12% 49%
86 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 190 $29,170 $22,300 - 37,730 10% 24%
87 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 190 $22,340 $15,900 - 31,290 12% 0%
88 Tire repairers and changers 190 $20,590 $16,990 - 24,850 20% 6%
89 Amusement and recreation attendants 190 $15,330 $12,810 - 16,950 24% 22%
90 Food service managers 180 $45,580 $29,440 - 64,350 5% 24%
91 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 180 $34,490 $22,050 - 50,790 4% 30%
92 Civil engineering technicians 180 $33,170 $21,500 - 56,930 10% 18%
93 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 180 $0 $ - -8% 12%
94 Construction managers 170 $68,290 $36,950 - 101,870 16% 29%
95 Logisticians 170 $52,450 $31,830 - 81,200 17% 43%
96 Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 170 $47,160 $27,670 - 73,380 0% 0%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 170 $37,650 $24,500 - 51,400 13% 17%
98 Property, real estate, and community association managers 170 $36,390 $17,440 - 53,260 15% 36%
99 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 170 $26,610 $18,050 - 36,720 3% 4%
100 Food preparation workers 170 $18,020 $13,540 - 23,800 15% 7%
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Jobs More Common Near Amarillo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Slaughterers and meat packers 22,060 1,310 77.1
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 33,610 140 12
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 26,850 130 8.3
Conveyor operators and tenders 21,110 120 8.1
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 22,240 130 7.2
Butchers and meat cutters 22,930 440 5.6
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 21,590 230 5.3
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary 58,410 110 5
Hazardous materials removal workers 54,180 120 4.9
Instructional coordinators 50,090 320 3.7
Tire repairers and changers 20,590 190 3.2
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 47,360 150 3.1
Civil engineering technicians 33,170 180 3.1
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 38,550 330 3
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 36,460 230 2.9
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 18,330 130 2.7
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 47,160 170 2.5
Order clerks 25,480 430 2.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,220 440 2.5
Driver/sales workers 22,460 640 2.5
Logisticians 52,450 170 2.4
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 16,970 350 2.4
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 26,610 170 2.3
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 40,330 380 2.1
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 17,250 470 2.1
Data entry keyers 24,870 410 2
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,420 520 2
Office machine operators, except computer 20,400 110 2
Coaches and scouts 47,230 220 1.9
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 31,720 120 1.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,650 430 1.9
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,340 190 1.9
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,310 3,580 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 26,470 1,050 1.9
Construction laborers 22,570 1,300 1.9
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,490 790 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,470 2,390 1.8
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 35,390 150 1.8
Pharmacy technicians 27,820 380 1.7
Parts salespersons 29,110 250 1.7
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 30,610 170 1.7
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,320 240 1.6
Surgical technologists 36,930 100 1.6
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 38,660 270 1.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,740 760 1.6
Preschool teachers, except special education 20,560 440 1.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,500 1,690 1.6
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,100 130 1.5
Pharmacists 102,620 280 1.5
Property, real estate, and community association managers 36,390 170 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Amarillo, Texas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Hazardous materials removal workers 54,180 1.41 120
Team assemblers 37,660 1.38 290
Coaches and scouts 47,230 1.32 220
Security guards 33,330 1.32 1,140
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 26,850 1.27 130
Loan officers 73,220 1.24 190
Administrative services managers 88,470 1.21 230
Business operations specialists, all other 70,710 1.2 460
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 39,690 1.18 210
Computer programmers 75,520 1.17 270
Machinists 43,220 1.17 200
Computer and information systems managers 117,200 1.16 110
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 59,690 1.13 630
Financial managers 104,560 1.13 190
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 54,500 1.08 180
All other information and record clerks 35,390 1.07 150
Legal secretaries 38,480 1.07 120
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 55,130 1.06 120
Civil engineers 75,260 1.03 110
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 29,170 1.03 190
Network and computer systems administrators 62,610 1.02 230
Insurance sales agents 56,540 1.01 240
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,500 1 1,690
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,100 0.99 130
Pharmacy technicians 27,820 0.99 380
Switchboard operators, including answering service 23,770 0.98 130
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 40,330 0.98 380
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 38,660 0.98 270
Computer support specialists 41,240 0.98 280
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 50,620 0.98 220
Financial analysts 69,740 0.98 110
Cost estimators 54,850 0.98 160
Slaughterers and meat packers 22,060 0.98 1,310
Pharmacists 102,620 0.98 280
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,340 0.98 560
Retail salespersons 23,810 0.98 3,930
General and operations managers 94,020 0.98 1,580
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,690 0.97 1,140
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 33,830 0.97 160
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 47,160 0.97 170
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 76,420 0.97 140
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 50,060 0.96 150
Healthcare support workers, all other 28,110 0.96 120
Network systems and data communications analysts 61,890 0.96 130
Accountants and auditors 57,100 0.96 880
Data entry keyers 24,870 0.96 410
Parts salespersons 29,110 0.95 250
Receptionists and information clerks 22,720 0.95 910
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,220 0.95 440
Dental assistants 30,520 0.95 210

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