rust belt

noun, often capitalized R&B

Definition of rust belt

: the northeastern and midwestern states of the U.S. in which heavy industry has declined

called also rust bowl

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On Saturday, Glor will discuss the changes that have been made throughout Cleveland and the rust belt in the decades since the iconic fires. CBS News, "New "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Jeff Glor reports on Cuyahoga River 50 years after iconic fire," 21 June 2019 Green new deal divide: Some California union members are rejecting the progressive Green New Deal proposal, in a possible sign of turbulence for the issue in rust belt states. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "California 2020 Countdown: Is getting booed a good campaign strategy? It worked for Dianne Feinstein," 6 June 2019 Among the bonds that defaulted last year was a 1 billion yuan five-year security issued by Jilin Liyuan Precision Manufacturing Co. , an aluminum product maker from China’s northeastern rust belt. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Default Fears Add Fresh Stress to Chinese Private Sector," 11 Jan. 2019 But then came the industrial decline, and Duluth became just another rust belt community suffering an economic hangover. James Fallows, CBS News, "A small town America in renewal," 6 May 2018 Well, President Trump is getting back to the basics with a message about job creation in the heart of the rust belt. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "This is what Trump heard when he watched 'Fox and Friends' as president," 19 Jan. 2018 Putin responded by sending Russian troops and paramilitaries to occupy large portions of the country, including its industrial rust belt in the east. Simon Shuster, Time, "Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Urges U.S. Not to Forget Russia's War as Putin Summit Looms," 9 July 2018 The fertility rate in Liaoning, a province in China’s northern rust belt, is at 0.74, official data show. WSJ, "A Limit to China’s Economic Rise: Not Enough Babies," 29 Apr. 2018 Jobs in the consuming industries are concentrated in California, Texas, the Northeastern and Midwestern states that comprise the rust belt and states in the Southeast. Author: Steve Holland, Ginger Gibson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports," 1 Mar. 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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