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As the recession continues to deepen, it is becoming the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Its casualties have come to include 5.1 million lost jobs and economic contraction at a 6.3 percent annual rate. Economists expect it to slog on through the end of the year. Even professions previously thought to be recession-proof, from legal offices to funeral parlors, are buckling.
While it seems to be all doom and gloom, not every industry is struggling. Some industries and products have continued to hang on or even to do better in the downturn. Ten clear recession winners include romance novels, public universities, and plant seeds. But those aren't the only ones that seem to be riding out the recession with aplomb. Here's a roundup of 10 more winners in the recession.
The recession is hurting many families and companies across the country, but there are a few bright spots. Who do you think is a recession winner? And who are the biggest recession losers?