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How the region shapes up by sector

For most, just surviving the recession will be the primary goal. The area should fare better than the nation.

For 2009, surviving will be admirable enough.

What started as a U.S. financial chill has turned into a worldwide freeze of historic proportions. "The most dangerous financial shock in mature financial markets since the 1930s" is how the International Monetary Fund put it.

With the U.S. auto industry teetering on the brink of collapse and federal bailouts still in the rollout stages, recovery seems a more achievable goal for 2010 - the latter half.

Here's the outlook for the nation and key sectors in the Philadelphia region: