Nursery Owners and Managers

The nursery and greenhouse industry was hit hard by the recession, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sales of nursery crops declined in 2009 in most regions. For example, after hitting peak sales of $1 billion, Oregon's nursery industry plummeted in 2007, resulting in extensive layoffs of employees and some greenhouses going bankrupt. Beginning in 2007, declines were also reported in Florida, which produces 80 percent of the nation's houseplants, and California, the nation's largest producer of nursery stock. Industry wide, sales declines of 17 percent were reported in 2008 and the trend was expected to continue. As a result, employment opportunities for nursery owners and managers are expected to grow slower than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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