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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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 Just the tonic In Scotland’s rust belt, where the decline of coal and steel has left a legacy of high unemployment and social decay, Abdul Majid has run a small grocery store for 34 years. Alastair Jamieson, NBC News, "Scotland tackles alcohol crisis with minimum price law," 7 Feb. 2018 Drive through Toledo, Akron, or the rest of the rust belt. Fox News, "Broward County Sheriff's Office responds to criticism," 7 Mar. 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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