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The previous number one industry, international trade, dropped due to less cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Economic analysts say that jobs created by tourism don't pay as well as the trade and manufacturing jobs that the county is losing.
Tourism officials say the industry could keep generating jobs in the next few years and continue to boost the county's economy. They feel that local and state officials should continue to promote tourism and attract people to the area.
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