Rhode Island, which at just over 1,000 square miles is the nation’s smallest state, is one of six New England states in the northeastern U.S. In the early years of its history, much of Rhode Island’s economy relied on activities involving the manufacturing of textiles, jewelry, and silverware. The nation’s first successful water-powered textile mill is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The past few decades have seen a shift in the state’s economy from manufacturing to services. Health services and tourism are the two largest industries in Rhode Island, with tourists to the state attracted by beaches, recreational activities, and historical sites. Jobs in finance, insurance, and real estate have all grown steadily in recent years. 

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