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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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 Ventry pointed to the tariffs put in place under President George W. Bush which cost jobs in rust belt states, areas that delivered Trump his historic 2016 win. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Congressional Republicans push President Trump to soften approach on tariffs," 6 Mar. 2018 Li Zhanshu, 67 Before becoming Xi’s chief of staff in 2012, Li Zhanshu toiled for decades in rural obscurity, writing poetry and serving in positions spanning from China’s ancient heartland of Shaanxi to the rust belt province of Heilongjiang., "The Seven Men Who Will Rule China for the Next Five Years," 25 Oct. 2017

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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