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Bordered by the States of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Rhode Island is one of the six New England states in the US. Covering a total area of only 1,545.05 square miles; it is the smallest state in the nation. Rhode Island has a population of 1,057,832 residents, of whom 51.7% are women and 13.9% are over the age of 65. Seventy eight percent of the people residing in Rhode Island are high school graduates, and 25.6% have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Historically, the economy of Rhode Island was dominated by the textile industry. The Blackstone River was used to power the cotton mills in the state. Rhode Island is now a highly industrialized region, and has emerged as a major jewelry manufacturing center. Silverware, machinery, primary and fabricated metals, rubber and plastic items, and electrical equipment are among the other important products. Agricultural products, though not a significant contributor, include poultry, dairy products, greenhouse, and nursery items.
Rhode Island’s income is based largely on the trade, health services, and finance industries. Commercial fishing and naval facilities also play a part in the state’s income. Besides, several banking corporations and Fortune 500 companies like Citizens Financial Group, CVS, and Textron, are based in Rhode Island. Tourism is also important to the economy.
The total workforce of Rhode Island is 562.7 thousand people, as per the data published in January 2009. About 10.3% of the labor force is unemployed. The chief sectors of the non-farm labor market includes Education & Health Services (21%), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (15%), Professional & Business Services (9%), Manufacturing (9%), Leisure & Hospitality (10%), and Government (13%).
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