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America's worst states for business rhode island
No. 49: Rhode Island

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, climbs ever so slightly out of the depths, to No. 49. The state came in 50th last year. (Click here to see CNBC's most improved states for 2013.)

A perennial loser in our study, Rhode Island finishes near the bottom this year for Economy, Infrastructure and Business Friendliness. In fact, the state is in the bottom 10 in every category except for Cost of Doing Business, where it comes in 32nd; Quality of Life, at 20th; and Access to Capital, at 23rd.

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